Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 40-3112th December, 2012 by Lucy Shaw
38. EILEEN CRANE
The CEO and chief winemaker of what is considered by many as the jewel in Napa’s sparkling crown, Domaine Carneros, Crane helped set up the estate 25 years ago with the Taittinger family, who own the property. She has a quarter- century of vintages under her belt at the estate, which is now certified organic. Crane’s most notable achievement at Domaine Carneros, which produces a number of still wines in addition to its sparkling range, is the development of prestige cuvée Le Rêve. During her tenure, Crane has developed a second winemaking facility to accommodate the production of her still Pinot Noir range, along with an 18th-century style château where guests can enjoy sharing plates and a bottle of fizz on the terrace.