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Next Round: Maker Wine Co-founders Sarah Hoffman and Kendra Kawala Are Betting Big on Canned Wine

Season 2, Ep. 87

Zach speaks with Sarah Hoffman and Kendra Kawala, co-founders of Maker Wine, a direct-to-consumer canned wine company focused on highlighting smaller producers in California, about their business, the ways in which it has changed since the Covid-19 pandemic, and how they're aiming to grow. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well.

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