The WPRA and DAMA Wines

By Ann Bleiker


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Women's Professional Rodeo Association is pleased to partner with another all-woman company DAMA Wines, maker of Cowgirl Wines, as they become the Official Wine of the WPRA.

DAMA Wines, one of Washington State's few women-owned wineries, embodies the spirit of pioneering women who have inspired passion, creativity and positive change for centuries much like the women of the WPRA have been doing since 1948.

"We are thrilled to partner with a company that embodies the spirit of pioneering women, much like the ladies who started our association nearly 70 years ago," said WPRA President Doreen Wintermute. "I am really looking forward to this partnership and I raise my glass in gratitude for believing in the ladies of the WPRA."

Every bottle that DAMA Wines produces contains a classic and every label is a work of art. Their efforts and wines are dedicated to all women who, like great wines and true works of art, meet the challenges ahead of them with fortitude and style.

"We are so excited to be the Official Wine of the WPRA and a part of this great organization. We can’t wait for the WPRA ladies to begin enjoying our Cowgirl Wines," said Judith Shulman of DAMA.

Mary Derby is the winemaker and founder of DAMA. Her journey to the world of wine and food started back in 1989, when she worked with some of the best people in the restaurant business in San Francisco and Chicago. After moving to the Walla Walla Valley, a burgeoning wine region gaining rapid respect for its world-class wines, she ultimately opened DAMA Wines.


Mary Derby and Judith Shulman

In 2012, Mary joined forces with friend Judith Shulman. Judith, a lawyer and “landman” working with energy clients, had owned one of the largest and most respected firms in the industry nationwide. She brought invaluable business experience and an entrepreneurial background. In fact, in 2002, Judith was awarded “Puget Sound Woman Business Owner of the Year” in Seattle, WA.

Together, Judith and Mary, have been producing award-winning DAMA wines. Already having a Cowgirl Blanc and a Cowgirl Cab, and a philosophy that mirrors what many cowgirls have experienced through their rodeo career, made Cowgirl Wines by DAMA a perfect match to partner with the WPRA.

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