April 26, 2016 (Paso Robles, CA) – The Rhone Rangers and James Beard Foundation are pleased to announce Erin Scala as the recipient of their 2016 Professional Study / Travel Grant. The James Beard Rhone Rangers Professional Study / Travel Grant is a joint effort by the two organizations to promote greater understanding of American Rhone wines in the food and restaurant community. The grant will bring Scala to California, where she will visit several notable wineries and vineyards, meet winemakers and continue her education of American Rhone wines.
Scala has a wealth of experience in food and wine. She attended the Robert Cook Honors College, Indiana University and later the New York International Wine Center. In New York, she served as beverage director for the Michelin-rated restaurant PUBLIC, and their adjacent bar, The Daily. She later worked at Michelin-starred The Musket Room, working as head sommelier. She currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and runs the wine programs of Fleurie Restaurant and Petit Pois Bistro. She contributes to the popular wine podcast ‘I’ll Drink To That!’ with Levi Dalton and in 2013, was honored in Wine Enthusiast Magazine in their “40 Under 40” feature article.
“I’m excited to meet some of the people who have changed the face of American wine by championing Rhone varietals” said Scala. One of the many stops in her itinerary will be the San Francisco Rhone Rangers event on June 10 and 11 at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio, where she will experience the winemaker dinner, wine seminar and wine tasting. Tickets can be purchased at www.rhonerangers.org.
“We are thrilled to offer Ms. Scala this grant. Her passion and thirst for wine knowledge stood out in a strong pool of applicants,” said Stuart Montgomery, secretary and chairman of scholarship fund of the Rhone Rangers “This opportunity will only strengthen her love and knowledge of American Rhone wines”.
The James Beard Rhone Rangers Professional Study / Travel Grant is made possible through James Beard Foundation and Rhone Ranger members’ generous donations to Rhone Rangers live and
silent auctions, and wouldn’t be possible without their support.
About the Rhone Rangers
The Rhone Rangers is a group of roughly 120 American wineries dedicated to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhone Valley. These varieties range from the better-known Syrah and Viognier to the up-and-coming Grenache, Mourvèdre and Roussanne, to obscure (but delicious) grapes like Counoise and Picpoul. To learn more, visit www.rhonerangers.org.