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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.


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.

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