The Wine Press: Napa Valley Collective’s First Event of 2022 | Wine
Napa Valley Vintners’ first event for Collective Napa Valley takes place March 24 at 5:30 p.m. Wine lovers are invited to join the Collective for this live virtual show, which will feature more than 20 winemakers, as well as the Wine MVP Will Blackmon and Somm TV personality Claire Coppi.
Winemaker Robin Lail is the chair of the event which will focus on multi-generational winemaking families and next generation winemakers. Lail’s father, John Daniel Jr., inherited the historic Inglenook winery, which was sold in the 1960s; Lail continued the family winemaking legacy with the founding of Lail Vineyards.
This program is accessible to members of the Napa Valley Collective from the complementary level. A collection of wines is available to taste during the 60-minute show.
The Vintners created Collective Napa Valley, a year-round event series, to replace Auction Napa Valley, which they discontinued after 2019.
To learn more about Collective Napa Valley and to become a member, visit collectivenapavalley.org.
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Napa Valley Vintners also announced that the next round of scholarships available through the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) are now open to students wishing to pursue a career in the wine industry. Recipients will receive tuition support this fall, with the option to receive ongoing funding for up to four years.
In 2020, NVV committed $1 million to the fund, pledging $200,000 each year for the next five years. For the 2022 application cycle, additional eligible educational institutions with significant wine-related programs have been added, including Fresno State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, and Cuesta College San Luis Obispo .
The NVV Scholarship Program was created to encourage people of color to pursue college education and careers in the wine industry in fields ranging from viticulture, winemaking, marketing, business and more in a college or university that has a wine-related curriculum. .
Need-based scholarships offer a range of funding from $3,500 to $7,000 per year to help with tuition for up to four years.
Students in any year of college, from freshman to senior, as well as graduate students are eligible. Black/African American, Native/Native American, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and other applicants of color are encouraged to apply.
The scholarship program not only provides financial aid, but also helps ensure that students are prepared for long-term career success. After graduating, students will already have work experience and industry contacts.
Qualified institutions have mentoring, internship, and work placement programs in place to help students achieve career success beyond their studies. Students applying to or attending the following schools are eligible for aid: Cuesta College, Napa Valley College, Santa Rosa Junior College, Fresno State University, Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, Sonoma State University, and University of California at Davis.
The application deadline is May 19. Interested applicants should visit scholarships.uncf.org/ToProgram/Napavalley.
Bâtonnage Forum opens applications for 2022 Level Three Mentoring Program
Bâtonnage Forum, a nonprofit organization aiming to open a conversation about women in wine and foster opportunities that create equity, is accepting applications for level three of its mentorship program, which allows candidates to enter and grow in the wine industry by creating hands-on job opportunities to advance their careers.
The 2022 Tier 3 position will include internships at two top Napa Valley companies, Silverado Farming Company and Dana Estates, for a comprehensive viticulture and winemaking experience. The position begins May 15 and ends at the end of the year.
Priyanka French, Bâtonnage Board Member and Winemaker at Signorello Estate, said, “This is an opportunity to work with and learn from some of Napa Valley’s most talented winemakers and vintners.
The mentee will join the Silverado Farming Company team for the May-September 2022 growing season to work in all aspects of viticulture, including research and vineyard management. For 20 years, Silverado Farming Company has been managing the vineyards of Napa Valley wineries.
In June 2022, the mentee will join Dana Estates, a small winery located in Saint Helena, for bottling activities, then move to Dana Estates in August or September 2022 for a winery position which will include crushing and bottling activities. harvest, providing experience with quality assessment and winemaking decisions. Dana Estates produces three estate Cabernets, a Bordeaux blend and a Sauvignon Blanc under the direction of winemaker Chris Cooney and consulting winemaker Phillipe Melka.
Bâtonnage will work closely with Tier Three Mentoring organizations to ensure mentees are supported professionally, socially and financially throughout the duration of the placement.
Candidates should have an associate degree or higher with related studies and ideally should have one or more years of winery experience. Candidates should be prepared to work extended hours and weekends, especially during harvest. This is a paid position with hourly pay.
Interested candidates can apply via the online form no later than April 7. Bâtonnage Forum, Silverado Farming Company and Dana Estates will work together during the selection process and give one candidate the opportunity to participate, which will be announced on April 15, 2022.
For more information on the mentorship program, visit batonnageforum.com/mentorship-program-overview or email [email protected] For media inquiries, please contact Katie Canfield at [email protected] or 530-720-1138.
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