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Wine Business Monthly and Dream Big Darling Expand Scholarships to Central Coast Symposium

(SONOMA, Calif.) July 23, 2020 – Wine Business Monthly and Dream Big Darling are excited to announce an expanded partnership to offer multiple scholarship opportunities to qualified up-and-coming women interested in pursuing further education on the business of wine.

The scholarship includes a full-access pass to the first-ever digital Central Coast Insights conference, an economics-, finance- and strategy-minded forum for those in the regional wine and wine business industries. Central Coast Insights will bring experts in the winery business and finance, distribution, retail and restaurant sectors together to discuss new ways to grow and move forward.

Those interested in applying for the Wine Business Executive Scholarship must fill out a questionnaire and submit a résumé by Aug. 10, 2020 to be considered. Those eligible for the scholarship include women who are interested in pursuing a business- or finance-minded career track within the wine industry and are eager to further their wine educations. Click here to apply. Scholarship winners will be announced on Aug. 14, 2020.

"Central Coast Insights and WiVi are two of the most informative and educational events offered on the Central Coast for wine industry executives. This is an incredible opportunity for any emerging professional and we are grateful to Wine Business Monthly for extending this scholarship," said Amanda Wittstrom Higgins, president and founder of Dream Big Darling and vice president of operations of Ancient Peaks Winery.

“The new virtual format for Central Coast Insights has allowed us the opportunity to build on existing scholarship opportunities with Dream Big Darling to ensure that more of the industry’s next generation of leaders can pursue further education and broaden their approaches to the business of wine,” said Erin Kirschenmann, managing editor of Wine Business Monthly. “Our goal has always been to provide informative, reliable resources to all members of the industry, and we hope that by offering these scholarships we’re helping more young women reach their career goals.”  

About Central Coast Insights
Aug. 26-27, 2020

For the first time in its history, Central Coast Insights, the economic and financial conference for the Central Coast wine industry, will be held as a two-day webcast, bringing expert speakers and guidance on vineyard and winery economics, financial issues and business, sales and grape-growing trends. A full agenda will be announced shortly. To learn more about the conference, please visit

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