Wine Business Institute awards new scholarship

The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University has awarded its new Rhone Rangers Scholarship to Stacy Vogel, a Napa resident who is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration.

The $3,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a student studying in the university’s wine program. The student must demonstrate a unique understanding for Rhone grape varietals.

Vogel has been an employee with the Miner Family Winery since 2008, and has been its winemaker since 2013.

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Lake County Winegrape Commission’s new office

The Lake County Winegrape Commission has officially opened its new office and education center.

The office space was designed to accommodate meetings and workshops, including tastings, classes and community events, Commission President Debra Sommerfield said.

The new office is at 3865 Main St. in Kelseyville.

In other action, the commission has approved its 2014-15 budget, setting the grower assessment rate at 1 percent for the 2014 marketing season.

Commission Chairman Peter Molnar was again selected to serve in the top spot for the next year.

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First female master sommelier at Jackson

Jackson Family Wines has announced that Jennifer Huether will join the family-owned wine company this summer as its first female master sommelier.

Huether was the first female master sommelier in Canada, and has worked at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Toronto and as head sommelier of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

She graduated from the International Sommelier Guild in 2000 and later went on to obtain a diploma of wine and spirits from Wine & Spirit Education Trust in 2003.

Huether will work across the entire wine collection from Jackson Family Wines, which includes more than 30 wineries in California, Oregon, France, Chile, Italy and Australia.

Jackson Family Wines has seven other master sommeliers.

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