The Napa/Sonoma Chapter of Women for WineSense (WWS) will honor the four WWS 2010 scholarship recipients at its November 4, 2010 seminar “Grapes We Don’t Know” that will explore the origins of unusual and interesting grape varietals grown in California.

This year’s scholarship winners each received $500 towards their studies in a wine-related discipline. The scholarship winners and their academic, career goals are as follows:

  • Kristina Werner, UC Davis. Ms. Werner is getting her M.S. in Viticulture & Enology at Davis. Her long-term goal is to be a red winemaker in California, focusing on sustainable vineyard practices.
  • Aaron Hoaglund, Santa Rosa Junior College, is finishing up an Associates in Enology at SRJC and will continue his studies towards a B.S. in Wine Business at Sonoma State University.
  • Vincent Morrow, Sonoma State University. Mr. Morrow is pursuing a B.S. in Wine Business and Computer Science (double major). In addition, he has begun to study to take the Level 1 Court of Master Sommelier class and exam next summer.
  • Sandy Mays, Napa Valley College, began taking viticulture and winemaking classes at Napa Valley College in 2007. She will be receiving her A. S. degree in spring 2011 and currently works for a small winery where she enjoys working with the fruit from the field to the bottle.

The Napa/Sonoma Chapter of Women for WineSense raises money through silent auctions and raffles at six annual WWS events for its general scholarship fund. Funds are dispersed to local colleges and universities for them to choose a scholarship winner whose studies focus on the wine industry. Prizes for the auction and raffle come from artisans and businesses in Napa and Sonoma Counties.

The next event “Grapes We Don’t Know” will be held on November 4, 2010, at Flora Springs, The Estate 1978 West Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena, California, from 5:30-8:30pm. Interesting and unusual wine varietals have been provided by Ballentine Vineyards: Chenin Blanc, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards: Arneis, William Hill: Petit Verdot, Flora Springs: Petit Verdot and Sangiovese, and Buoncristiani: Dolcetto.

In addition to honoring the four 2010 scholarship winners, WWS will also have a raffle to raise money for the 2011 general scholarship fund. The cost to attend the event is $30 for WWS Members, $45 for non-Members, and $20 for Students. Attendees can register online