Napa’s Most Powerful Woman

Ladies We Love: Eileen Crane

November 9, 2010 at 10:32 am , by

President and founding Winemaker at California’s Domaine Carneros, Eileen Crane knows a thing or two about being a lady.  Named “Napa’s Most Powerful Woman” this year by ForbesWoman, Eileen balances business, style, and a commitment to eco-conscious living while maintaining her reputation as a trailblazer in the wine world.  Under her leadership, Domaine Carneros has adopted organic farming practices for their sparkling wines and pinot noirs and received organic certification in 2008.  The vineyard even has a solar powered facility for pinot production (just one more reason their wine is hot)! Beyond her vision for vino, Eileen Crane’s cup runneth over with inspiration for other women – read on to see why:

What makes you a lady? Biology, age, a sense of humor, and graciousness even in difficult times.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure? Gosh, there are so many.  I do guilt well, but it would probably be 4 hours in bed with a good book and a box {or two} of L.A. Burdick chocolates.

What are 3 things on your Life List? 1. Learning to be a great fundraiser for my favorite charities; 2. visiting all the U.S. and Canadian National Parks; 3. learning the art of the perfumer.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? To build wonderful lives for women starting in the Congo and Darfur.  If I got a second super power, it would be time travel.

Who are ladies you admire? Early feminists, hard-working women who also volunteer, and single moms.