Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, the upscale restaurant and winery chain with nearly 60 locations across the country, for the fourth year in a row, demonstrated its support of BIPOC sommeliers by awarding $1,000 scholarships to 10 recipients across the country, selected by the Somm Foundation. The 2024 scholarship recipients were selected, listed below:
- Mireya Aguilar – San Diego, CA
- Sabrina Cerquera – Portland, OR
- Ali Laivadhana – Honolulu, HI
- Colby Mitchell – Charlotte, NC
- Alexandra Morton – Austin, TX
- Isabel Pacheco – Santee, CA
- Rebeca Pinhas – New Orleans LA
- Dhruv Singh – Hood River, OR
- Brittany Vincent – Landover, MD
- Holli Wright – Frankfort, IL
The scholarship aims to assist BIPOC Americans who are passionate about pursuing a career in the wine industry. In addition to the scholarship, Emily Wines, Master Sommelier and VP of Wine and Beverage Experiences at Cooper’s Hawk, will offer personal mentorship to each recipient.
“Democratizing wine culture is one of our key missions at Cooper’s Hawk,” says Tim McEnery, founder and CEO. “Cooper’s Hawk Winery & RestaurantsWe’re thrilled to highlight a new group of BIPOC sommeliers who are passionate about pursuing a career in the wine industry, and present them the opportunity to further their education. We’re proud to commit to this scholarship program for the fourth year in a row and see these individuals flourish.”
Founded by McEnery in 2005, Cooper’s Hawk’s goal is to demystify and democratize wine. Tim dreamed of bringing the Napa Valley experience to the entire country and creating a community where a shared passion for wine and food would bring people closer together.
“I am thrilled to extend my support to BIPOC wine professionals through our annual scholarship program,” adds Emily Wines, MS, VP of Wine and Beverage Experiences. “Recognizing the significance of mentorship, I am committed to guiding them on career paths, educational pursuits and exam preparation, fostering a strong foundation for their success. This scholarship embodies our commitment to promoting diversity within the industry, and I eagerly anticipate witnessing the achievements of the deserving recipients as they excel in their pursuits.”