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Wine, powered by women

Every story has a beginning, and this is ours

Tansy Wines was founded by Shelley Lindgren, a James Beard winner and owner of the popular Italian Bay Area A16 restaurants, and Kitty Oestlien, a technology marketing executive, formerly of Dropbox and Symantec.

The duo met in 2020 when they were collaborating on innovative ways to keep restaurants operating amid the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was during this time that they discovered shared passions in Italian wines, the Northern California countryside, and lifting up women in industry. And it is from these origins that Tansy Wines was born.

Shelley Lindgren


Over the past 30 years, Shelley Lindgren has channeled her deep-seated appreciation for Italy into an award-winning career in wine and food. Lindgren founded the highly successful Italian restaurants A16 Chestnut, A16 Rockridge and SPQR. Her dedication to wine has attracted some of the industry’s most prestigious awards including the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Wine Program” and she was most recently knighted by the Consulate General of Italy receiving the “Cavaliere dell’Ordine Della Stella Italia” recognition for her work in advocating Italian wine. Shelley has served on the boards of La Cocina, Slide Ranch Board and Guild of Sommeliers.

Kitty Oestlien


Kitty is a business executive who has held various leadership roles in the tech industry, most recently as a chief marketing officer of Projector, where she launched new design tools for presentations and social media. Prior to that, Kitty built the marketing team at Dropbox and held senior positions at Symantec and Messagelabs.

Kitty is a proud Bay Area resident, who actively advises start ups, local businesses, and serves on the Board of Presidio Knolls School. Day to day, you can find her geeking out on wine at most restaurants and tasting rooms.

Megan Glaab


Megan Glaab was naturally drawn to both food and wine as a result of growing up in a family that owned the Passionfish restaurant in Pacific Grove, CA. Her love and enthusiasm for wine led her to the University of Adelaide in Australia, where she obtained a B.S. in Enology.

After graduating, Megan continued her winemaking education by working at several wineries, including Torbreck, Peay Vineyards, Marcassin, and Pisoni. She is now the winemaker and co-owner of Ryme Cellars, along with her husband Ryan Glaab.  Megan recently launched a sister wine label that donates all proceeds to causes that align with the values she holds dear. This second label, Uphold, raises funds for nonprofits including Earthjustice, She Should Run and the ACLU.

It takes a village so special thanks goes out to: Alexis Walsh, Anna Weinberg, Dan Hughes, Holly Somerville, Kim Dauer, Kristin Jacob, Joanna Wells, Roger Scommegna, Ryan Glaab, and Sara Floyd.

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