Eileen Crane, Wine Expert
Eileen Crane, often referred to as America’s Doyenne of Sparkling Wine, has spent 35 years in the wine industry. This makes her the most experienced Sparkling Winemaker in the United States. Eileen is equally at home in the world of food and wine having both a culinary and science background.
In 1978, Eileen made the decision to turn her passion for wine into a profession, headed west, and began her career at Chandon.
Six years later, she was hired as winemaker and vice president of Gloria Ferrer Caves, she was entrusted with the responsibilities of overseeing the design and construction of the facility, developing the company and the line of sparkling wines. It turned out to be an experience that served her well. Eileen was selected by the President of Champagne Taittinger, for the position of CEO/Winemaker of Domaine Carneros. Once again, she oversaw the planning and development of a major winery this time the beautiful Carneros landmark chateau.
Under Eileen’s direction, Domaine Carneros has been a leader in the wine industry’s Green Movement. In 2003, Domaine Carneros housed the largest solar collection system of any winery in the world. In 2007, all Domaine Carneros vineyards were certified organic.
Eileen is one of a handful of women who are now in the forefront of the wine industry in California. Recently recognized by Forbes as the most powerful woman in Napa Valley, Eileen is actively involved in numerous wine and civic organizations.
Eileen Crane is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):