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United Sommeliers Foundation Announces the Third Year of the Debbie Lewis Scholarship: Women in Wine


May 2nd – The United Sommeliers Foundation is honored to announce today the Third Year of the Debbie Lewis  Scholarship for women looking to continue their upper-level wine education and are in need of financial  assistance. 

Debbie had a lasting effect on the community of Napa Valley. She helped found Lewis cellars with husband  Randy and displayed her passion for winemaking by developing some of the best wines in the region. Right  before her passing in 2017, Lewis Cellars was awarded the 2016 Wine Spectator ‘Wine of the Year’ award for  their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. Debbie had a life-long passion for mastering the business of wine and set an  inspiring example of dedication and hard work to all those around her. 

The selected recipients will receive $5,000 from Randy Lewis of Lewis Cellars in conjunction with the United  Sommeliers Foundation. Applicants will be considered for earning one of the following accreditations: Court  of Master Sommeliers Advanced or Masters title, WSET Diploma or Masters title, Undergrad Wine Business or MBA University degree, and UC Davis degrees related to winemaking, viticulture & enology. The  scholarship is for women only, studying in the US, and pursuing certification in wine-related fields. 

The United Sommeliers Foundation has a core mission to financially aid those in the wine community— primarily sommeliers and others within the hospitality sector of the industry—who are experiencing a pause  or termination of employment due to circumstances beyond their control.  

“I am very excited to work with the United Sommeliers Foundation in Debbie’s name for the third year of this  Scholarship. Our friends in the sommelier community were and are a big part of Lewis Cellars’ success in the  wine business. This is a great opportunity to give back,” says Randy Lewis, Co-Founder of Lewis Cellars. “I  hope this helps women in the wine community to continue to succeed in these tough times and beyond. By  supporting women in wine, Debbie’s commitment to family, friends and the wine community, her strength  and courage, and her quiet dedication and hard work will be remembered.” 

The United Sommeliers Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. To see the qualifications needed and  apply, visit https://www.unitedsommeliersfoundation.org/the-debbie-lewis-scholarship.  

About The United Sommeliers Foundation

The United Sommeliers Foundation is a 501(C)(3)  charity whose mission is to provide resources and financial assistance to Sommeliers experiencing a pause or termination of employment due to circumstances beyond their control. The organization assists sommeliers nationwide and was founded by several of the industry’s leading experts with more than 100 years of combined experience and knowledge. The organization’s goal is to positively impact the wine industry and the sommelier community for years to come. Please visit www.unitedsommeliersfoundation.org for more information. 

About Lewis Cellars 

Lewis Cellars is hands-on in every aspect of vineyard management, winemaking, sales and distribution, and  they thrive on these challenges and the relationships cultivated in the process. It is their continuing goal to  create world-class wines. Total production is approximately 10,000 cases annually of Cabernet Sauvignon,  Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.



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