Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation



Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. provides scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping women advance in their careers in the food, wine, spirits, hospitality, or viticulture industries through education, leadership, and professional development, as well as fostering gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large. 

For more information or assistance, please email  info@womenofthevine.com



The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Committee is proud to announce the
Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Recipients for 2017:

Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship:                                                                                               Educational Scholarship:            

Ava Dally, New York                           Jennifer Reichardt, California                                                                                                    Maria Dillingham, California             Sandy Gomes, New Jersey      









Scholarship Application Guidelines

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The Foundation offers scholarships each calendar year to recipients of either a Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship or an Educational Scholarship as described below.  Applicants may only apply for one scholarship per calendar year.


Professional & Leadership Development Scholarship

This scholarship awards recipients with attendance at the Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium. Each year the Foundation will announce the number of scholarships to be awarded. For 2018, the Foundation will award two scholarships for recipients’ attendance at the Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium on March 12 through March 14, 2018.  The Foundation will award each recipient with a Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium ticket, lodging for the duration of the symposium, and transportation to and from the San Francisco area airport.  The Foundation will also reimburse recipients for airfare up to $500 upon proof of the recipients’ purchase of the airline ticket; if the recipient cancels/does not attend the Global Symposium, the recipient must reimburse Foundation for such reimbursed airfare expense.

Educational Scholarships

This scholarship awards recipients either a student scholarship or a continuing education scholarship as described below. Each year the Foundation will announce the number of scholarships to be awarded. For 2018, the Foundation will award two scholarships to recipients to assist with their tuition, course materials, lodging, and related educational expense.  The dollar amount of each Educational Scholarship will range from $500.00 up to $2500.00, and will fall under either one of the following categories:

Student scholarship – award for applicants already enrolled in an accredited food, wine, hospitality, viticulture, or other alcohol beverage industry related postsecondary program.

Continuing education scholarship – award for applicants towards the cost of professional advancement courses regarding the food, wine, hospitality, and/or viticulture industries.  Courses awarded may include, but shall not be limited to, the California Wine Appellation Specialist course, WSET Wine Certification course, Somm Essentials, Court of Master Sommeliers’ courses, Advanced Tasting programs, public speaking courses, and career development courses.


Foundation Committee

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation is guided by the Foundation Committee comprised of the following individuals:

Alison Herman, Senior Counsel, Regulatory & Compliance, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Dr. Kathryn LaTour, Associate Professor, Wine Services Marketing, Cornell University

Dr. Liz Thach, MW Distinguished Professor of Wine and a Professor of Management at Sonoma State University




Dear Women of the Vine & Spirits Members, Family and Friends,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you! In response to several major fires that started burning the night of October 8th in Northern California, affecting thousands of people, including several of our Corporate and Individual Members, Women of the Vine & Spirits  has set up a Fire Relief Fund to help raise funds to assist in relief efforts for those suffering from the destructive wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and the surrounding areas.

Our fellow members need our help! We are getting reports keeping us up to date and will keep everyone updated. Several of our alliance members have lost their homes.

Your Donation to the Women of the Vine & Spirits Fire Relief Fund, through the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation 501(c)(3) is tax deductible and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the following charitable causes. A Charitable Contribution Receipt will be emailed to you once your donation is processed.

Contact Us! If you are a WOTVS member and have been personally affected by the fires, please contact us at info@womenofthevine.com and let us know how you have been impacted and how Women of the Vine & Spirits can help.

All our best,

Deborah Brenner, Founder & President, Women of the Vine & Spirits



Charitable Causes Where 100% of Funds Raised by Women of the Vine & Spirits Will Be Donated

Red Cross of Northern California - The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need.

United Way of Wine Country - The mission of United Way of the Wine Country is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community through leadership, community engagement and effective investment.

Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund - The Disaster Relief Fund was established in response to the South Napa Earthquake of 2014 and ultimately helped provide services to more than 12,000 earthquake victims, and cash aid to 1,400 of those hardest-hit by the last declared disaster in the region.


Thank you to each and every person and company that has made a donation to support this cause. Because of your contributions, Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Fire Relief Fund has raised over $38,000 toward relief efforts to support those affected by the fires in the Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino areas.


Alan K

Alicia R

Amanda I

Ashley D

Ava D

Brandy R

Breakthru Beverage Group

Buchman Law Firm

Campari America

Christiane S

Christina M

Devin Q

Diana C

Donna  B

Dorothy B

Eileen T

Elizabeth V

Erin V

Gail L

Gail W

Hannah N

Heather S

Jan B

Janet F

Jennifer W

Joseph M

Kate P

Kathy L

Ken F

Lee F & Claire E Hager Family Foundation

Leslie S

Liana Y

Lisa B

Lora T

Marlene R

Nick H

Noelle W

Patrick M

Pattie F

Rachelle E

Robert R

Robert I

Sandra G

Sharron M

Shelley H

Susan B

Susan K

Universal Packaging

Vicki D

Yanira  R

Encouraging Bright Futures

Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Fund in
Honor of Edward H. Brenner

“When I started my entrepreneurial endeavor, I enticed my dad out of retirement to work with me. We worked together for seven years and I was blessed to have him lend his expertise and share his wisdom to guide me. Unfortunately, my dad passed away in 2014, just four weeks before we held the first ever Women of the Vine Grand Tasting in Napa. His unwavering support gave me the courage to step up and step out. As a father of three daughters and grandfather of three granddaughters, I am honored to name the scholarship after my Man of the Vine!” – Deborah Brenner, Founder & President, Women of the Vine & Spirits

In addition to being the Founding Partner of the Women of the Vine & Spirits, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the Founding Partner of Women of the Vine & Spirits Scholarship Fund.

“We are proud to be a part of this group that is dedicated to celebrating achievements and advancement of women in the business.” – Steve Slater, Executive Vice President, General Manager of the Wine Division, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.