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WA Wine Industry Foundation Powers Sabbatical Application Now Open

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation announced the opening of 2022 Bill Powers Sabbatical applications. Submission deadline is Saturday, July 30. Employees of Badger Mountain Vineyard and Powers Winery developed the sabbatical in 2017 to honor their late owner, Bill Powers. TheFoundation manages the award of up to $5,000 to a Washington wine professional with at least five (5) years of experience. Recipient of the sabbatical undertakes a study leave to learn about an aspect of winegrape growing and/or winemaking to further their professional career and benefit the industry. Funds may be used for travel, room and board, education-related expenses, and reporting-related expenses.

To date, the Foundation has awarded six professionals to travel throughout the world They include:

  • 2017: Brad Binko learned about Carménère grapes in Chile.
  • 2018: Marcus Rafanelli studied about oak in France.
  • 2019: Sadie Drury researched winegrape growing in different climates of Australia.
  • 2019: Andrew Schultz learned about Chile’s irrigation.
  • 2021: Jay Krutulis will experience Merlot harvest first-hand in Bordeaux, France.
  • 2021: Brooke Robertson will study head-trained vines in North and Central California.

Review the application criteria and submit your application online at: www.washingtonwinefoundation.org/sabbatical

Are you registered for Party + Auction on Wednesday, February 9? Learn more about the Foundation’s biggest fundraising event at: www.washingtonwinefoundation.org/events/auction

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