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Wine Business Monthly and Dream Big Darling Offer New Round of Scholarships to Central Coast Insights

The business, finance and economics conference will take place digitally on March 30, 2021

(SONOMA, Calif.) February 25, 2021 – Wine Business Monthly and Dream Big Darling are excited to continue their partnership to offer multiple scholarship opportunities to qualified up-and-coming women interested in pursuing further education on the business of wine.

Now, more than ever, those interested in business and the wine industry must keep up-to-date with the latest regulations, trends and solutions.

The scholarship includes a full-access pass to the fully 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 and retail 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 March 12, 2021 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 March 19, 2021.

“We are so thrilled to continue this scholarship opportunity with Dream Big Darling,” said Erin Kirschenmann, managing editor of Wine Business Monthly. “Last year’s recipients are incredible women dedicated to pushing the industry forward, and we were honored to have them attend. Our mission is to provide informative, reliable resources to all members of the industry, and we hope that by offering these scholarships we’re helping even more young women achieve their career goals.”  

"The CCI event has been extremely insightful and useful tool in providing access to industry trends and leaders from a financial prospective," said Dream Big Darling founder Amanda Wittstrom Higgins. "We are very grateful for the generosity and investment of Wine Business in the next generation of our industry."

Last year’s recipients were:

  • Terah Bajjalieh, winemaker, Terah Wine Co.
  • Taylor Duwe, assistant general manager, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants
  • Amy Edney, executive recruiter, Kain Colasanto
  • Obiamaka Eke, founder, Datoire LLC
  • Melani Harding, chief executive officer, Bon Niche Cellars
  • Danielle Otero, restaurant experience manager, The Walt Disney Company
  • Leslie Stone, business transformation, DAOU Family Estates
  • Justin Trabue, hospitaliy supervisor, Ancient Peaks Winery

About Central Coast Insights
March 30, 2021

Central Coast Insights, the economic and financial conference for the Central Coast wine industry, will be held as a webcast, bringing expert speakers and guidance on vineyard and winery economics, financial issues and business, sales and grape-growing trends. To learn more about the conference, and view the full agenda, please visit

About Dream Big Darling
Our mission is to engage, inspire and mentor the next generation of leaders in the wine and spirits industry. Visit

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