Annual Rhone Rangers Scholarship Donations

Posted on January 14, 2020


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Kim Murphy-Rodrigues                                        

December 19, 2019 (Paso Robles)– The Rhone Rangers, a national not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the education and the promotion of American Rhone varietal wines, has announced the beneficiaries of their 2019 Scholarships:  Allan Hancock College Viticulture & Enology Department in Santa Maria, California and the Dream Big Darling non-profit, based in Paso Robles, California. 

The $1,200 scholarship donation to the AHC Viticulture and Enology Departmentwill be awarded to a student studying viticulture and enology at the Santa Barbara county college. This donation was made possible through the generous donation of Lisa Baserga of AVA Wine Adventures, a Rhone Rangers preferred travel partner and a travel affiliate of Departure Lounge of the Virtuoso network.  The Dream Big Darling$1,200 scholarship was the result of the Rhone Rangers “Women in Wine” fundraiser event held in Paso Robles during the Spring 2019, which highlighted women winemakers, viticulturists and wine business professionals. In keeping with the Dream Big Darling mission, the scholarship will assist in sponsoring an up and coming female sommelier at the Wine Speak Paso Roblessummit to be held in January 2020.    

“With a mission to educate the public on Rhone varietal grapes grown in America, and to promote the production and enjoyment of these wines, our events, live and silent auctions and valued sponsors help sustain our organization and support our Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund.” stated Pam Bowker, the 2019 Rhone Rangers President.  Each year, the Rhone Rangers awards a scholarship to an individual studying enology, viticulture or wine business, with a planned career in the wine industry, with a focus on Rhone varieties. 

Rhone Rangers Women in Wine - 2019
Rhone Rangers Women in Wine - 2019, photo courtesy of Mira Advani Honeycutt