Winecast 54: Melanie Ofenloch and wine’s #MeToo moment

Melanie Ofenloch

Melanie Ofenloch: Yes, wine has a good old boys network.

“It’s something that is so pervasive and such a part of the fabric of how men feel they can take things. It’s just not right.”

Melanie’s post about the podcast and the sommelier sex scandal

Melanie Ofenloch writes the Dallas Wine Chick blog, and is well regarded for her work. But that’s not her day job — she is a long-time top-level marketer, and she has traveled the world for a variety of multi-national companies. As such, she lends a unique perspective to wine’s #MeToo moment.

And, not surprisingly, says Melanie, the Court of Master Sommelier sex scandal is no different than anything she has seen in the business world. The surprise is that so many people accepted it as part of the culture. But the stories that have come out, she says, don’t even scratch the surface.

So why were people in wine so complacent? Why did it take so long for this to come out? Why did it happen in wine, which prides itself on being different? And what can be done to fix it?

Click here to download or stream the podcast, which is about 13 minutes long and takes up almost 9 megabytes. Quality is mostly excellent.

2 thoughts on “Winecast 54: Melanie Ofenloch and wine’s #MeToo moment

  • By Melanie Ofenloch - Reply

    Thank you for having me and giving me the opportunity to speak about this pervasive problem. I appreciate your being willing to devote time to helping make a difference.

  • By Rex - Reply

    The entire sommeiller thing is baloney. These are people whose job is to upsell you. The Court is just someone’s business. No curriculum, no accountability. Is Kermit Lynch qualified? Eric Asimov? They should go out of business. They are not needed. This was a very good public service. Thank you to your guest.

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