Thank you to Cellr for featuring our winemaker in their Humans of Wine Blog!
From Poop to Gold Podcast – by the Harmon Brothers
Benton Crane, of the Harmon Brothers, interviewed our winemaker, Marisa, while they were both at Skysprout summit in Columbus, Ohio. Take a listen to learn about what it takes to build a wine company and much more!
Link to listen: http://harmonbrothers.com/podcast
***Side note – if you listen in….we did hire a new full-time winemaker to help team redhead! Crisis averted 🙂
“What started as an idea for wine in 2013 has turned into a bona fide business. Now, the young woman behind RedHead Brands LLC is seeing so much success that she’s planning a massive expansion.
Not long after graduating from Lowellville High School, Marisa Sergi came up with the idea for ReadHead wine when she was studying winemaking at Cornell University….” Watch more at the link above
“LOWELLVILLE, Ohio –
Marisa Sergi has become almost the poster-child for entrepreneurship in the Valley, and her RedHead Wine brand is expanding its reach yet again.
She’s only 25 but has big plans for what’s next.
Whether it’s putting in the work at her family’s winery or showing off her own brand on social media, Sergi is always pushing toward what’s next.
“My goal is really simple. As long as you’re moving forward; it could be baby steps, it could be big steps, it’s something that I want to strive for,” said Sergi.
She created RedHead Wine at 19-years-old while she was still an undergrad at Cornell and it’s been a steady climb ever since, especially after Walmart started carrying one of her varieties.
“Sometimes I feel like it’s not even real because it’s a dream come true,” said Sergi. “I’ve been able to survive my year and a half test market with Walmart with RedHead red blend.”
Now, Walmart is adding two more of her wines; the RedHead Rose’ and Purple Rain concord, this one under her family’s L’uva Bella label.
“We are so excited to be able to share our wines beyond Youngstown,” said Marisa’s mom, Ruth Sergi, who owns L’uva Bella Winery and Bistro in Lowellville. “We hope that we will attract out of towners to come visit us.”
Everything is made at the warehouse at L’uva Bella. It is always a busy place, and that is only going to increase down the road.
“The more we grow, the more people we could hire locally,” said Marisa Sergi.
The plan is to double or even triple the warehouse space in 2020, another part of the steady march forward for the 25-year old entrepreneur in an industry where that age-range is the exception, not the norm.
“It’s all about the mindset,” said Sergi. “You could be 40-years-old, you could be 21-years-old. It doesn’t matter. As long as you have the determination and you put in the hard work, you could be successful at any point in your life.”
That point of view and this success are two of the reasons she’s become a hot commodity when it comes to speaking engagements. She’ll be a featured speaker at the Walmart home office in June along with the SkySprout Summit in July.
“Everything’s coming together. I still feel like it’s too good to be true. Sometimes you only dream about opportunities like this, but when it’s handed to you, it’s just one of those moments where you need to take a deep breath and appreciate every moment,” said Sergi.
Which in her case means taking a moment to stop and smell the Rose’.
You can learn more about Sergi and RedHead Wine on the company’s website, or follow along on social media.”
Link to news story + Video:
I created a youtube channel! I am excited to have finally started making videos to show you more about wine, food, and my winemaking skills…. all with a sparkle of my RedHead attitude! In this weeks video, I pair more “netflix-binge worthy” snacks with RedHead Red Blend. Bare with me – it’s my second video, ever! It’s unscripted and I just go with the flow! Like and subscribe to keep up with my videos every Tuesday around noon. Cheers – Marisa
Do Pop Rocks Pair with Wine?! & much more! by RedHead Wine
This crisp Monday morning inspired me to try a new coffee. I bought this (in photo) last night from TJ Maxx and I have to say, it’s delicious!
Sometimes products don’t always get their descriptions right, but this coffee truly is smooth, buttery with hints of macadamia and chocolate notes.
I may be one of the “worst” coffee drinkers out there, as I enjoy my cups with 1/2 coffee and 1/2 2% milk. I did try it black just to ensure I did not “dilute” the flavor… and definitely… this brand is very smooth without milk. I was tempted to switch up my bad habbit and ditch the milk, but I couldn’t resist pouring it in until it turned a light caramel color. As a winemaker, you’d think I would enjoy my coffee black, but some habits you just can’t break!
I prefer to support local coffee houses rather than buy products like this from TJMaxx, but when I picked up the bag in the market to smell it, I instantly was hooked! I had to look over my shoulder out of guilt, because 15 minutes earlier I ran into a good friend and owner of Stonefruit coffee in the home decor aisle. So once the coast was clear, I snatched the bag and ran to the check out counter. (Stonefuit coffee is absolutely amazing, so if you’re in Boardman, Ohio you must try it!)
Monday mornings are a little “sweeter” when you take a risk to treat yourself with even something as simple as a cup of joe!
Tweet or tag me in your “sweet” coffee moments on Intsagram, Twitter or Facebook @RedHeadWine. I’d love to see what you are enjoying and learn your thoughts about other types of coffee. Cheers! – Winemaker, Marisa
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