The Next Big Sip


  • Tuesday, June 6, 2023
  • Members $60 / $75 General Public
  • The Cornell Club New York, 6 East 44th Street, NYC 10017 (please see Club dress code below)
  • 6:00 pm Reception / 6:30 pm Panel Discussion / 7:15 – 8:15 Walk-Around Tasting

Join Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY) for The Next Big Sip! Our fourth annual discussion about important fine beverage trends will focus on Sustainability in the Wine Industry.

As climate change impacts agriculture worldwide, The Next Big Sip will explore the environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability.  A walk-around tasting of wines produced following sustainable practices will follow the discussion.

Founded in 1976, Les Dames d’Escoffier New York is an unparalleled collective of forward-thinking and successful female leaders in all sectors of the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. LDNY empowers the next generation of women leaders through our scholarship and mentorship programs. LDNY is the founding and largest chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), a 501c3 non-profit organization.


  • Susan Kostrzewa (Moderator) is a wine, food, and travel writer. She is the founder and editor of Resplendent Ink, a content strategy consultancy. Kostrzewa is the former editor-in-chief of Wine Enthusiast Media and has co-authored numerous books.
  • Jenny Lefcourt is the co-founder and sole owner of Jenny & Francois Selections, one of the first import companies to focus on natural, organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines in the United States.
  • Courtney Schiessl Magrini is the editor-in-chief of SevenFifty Daily and the Beverage Media Group Publications. She has held sommelier positions at some of New York’s top restaurants.
  • Rachel Martin is the founder, president, and vintner of Oceano Wines, which produces sustainable wines in the coastal area of San Luis Obispo, California. In her home state of Virginia, Rachel established Middleburg as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2012.

Cornell Club Dress Code. Appropriate dress is mandatory at all times in The Club. Smart casual dress includes collared shirts, slacks, blue jeans, sneakers, and knee-length shorts. Not permitted: t-shirts, athletic apparel, flip flops, torn/tattered jeans, and ball/casual caps. Smart casual attire is required at all times. Business attire is always welcome.

Warm regards,

Dames Susannah Gold, Francine Kowalsky, and Wanda Mann

Co-Chairs, THE NEXT BIG SIP / /