Previous Recipients

2021

 

Shelby Frey | Hanzell Vineyards

2020

 

Maryn Tudor | Hanzell Vineyards

Cal Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Currently has an internship at Hirsch Winery, Sonoma Coast, CA

"I was a recipient of the Jimmy Mancbach Scholarship this year and I want to let you know about my experience and thank you for making it possible. I did my harvest at Hanzell Vineyards in Sonoma. Although the fires and COVID-19 have made it a uniquely challenging experience, I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent there. I arrived at the winery in late July and after a brief period of isolation, I joined everybody on the bottling line for a week. Once we were done with bottling, we started preparing for harvest by cleaning and sanitizing the winery, walking through the vineyards, and collecting and testing the fruit. Walking through vineyards is one of my favorite jobs and I even got to visit the off-premises vineyards with the winemaker, McNeill. The estate fruit was ready earlier than expected which turned out to be a bit of a good thing as the fires started near the end of everything getting picked. Most of the time I was on the sorting table picking out leaves and grass from the fruit. We had some long days sorting but there was always good conversation and good music which made it seem shorter. Once harvest began we did punch-downs on all the red wine several times throughout the day. When the wine started fermenting the punch-downs would release bubbles which made the tanks look kind of like bright pink bubble baths. The color of fresh wine can be really beautiful. Pressing the reds went by fast and soon enough all the fermentations were finishing. After that, there wasn't much left to do besides cleaning everything up and storing it for next year. I'm really glad that I got to work at such a historic winery and be involved in so many parts of the winemaking process. Everyone that worked there was so friendly and inviting and I'm so grateful for all of them. Thank you for helping to provide this scholarship. It has really been one of the best experiences of my life and will help me so much in my future career and I owe it to you."

 

Kylie Stehmeier| Au Bon Climat

University of California Davis, San Luis Obispo

Currently employed at Brvghelli Wines

 "I had the pleasure of spending Harvest 2020 under the  Au Bon Climat team. During the opportunity, I had the unique experience of working in a collaborative winemaking facility processing the fruit for over 10 different and distinct labels with fruit from around Santa Barbara county. This experience taught me the value of communication, teamwork, patience, and overall hard work.  The team taught me the ins and outs of processing fruit in a medium-size winery. Arturo, the everything man of the facility, was a  great teacher when it came to forklift mastery, machine maintenance, pressing, and processing. Henri was a calm and confident teacher when it came to making tasks easier and cleaner. Marisa and Mark, the Assistant winemakers, gave me everyday tips to craft world-class wines.  Every day at lunch the entire team would sit down to a lunch cooked by none other than Jim Clendenen himself, with a lineup of world-class wines. Over the course of harvest, I was able to taste through over 300 different wines ranging in vintage variety and point of origin.  

 

The quality of fruit coming through the facility as well as the caliber of wine being made allowed me to develop a deep love and appreciation for the central coast wine region.  This opportunity allowed me to find a position working for Michael Brughelli under his Vignerons Vineyard and Winemaking Consulting as well as under his new ultra-premium label Brughelli Wines.  He processed some of his wines at the Au Bon Climat facility and appreciated the work I put into his projects. 

 

Needless to say, I can not express my gratitude to the foundation for supporting young winemakers like me. In a year full of chaos and uncertainty this experience provided the opportunity to establish a stable base for my career.  

 

Thank You All So Much! "

 

Alana Ladd| Heitz Vineyards

DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Currently Wine Ambassador at Knights Bridge Winery in Calistoga, CA

"My experience at Heitz Cellar for the 2020 Harvest was wonderful. During a difficult year full of challenges, including devastating fires in Napa Valley, the internship I completed at Heitz was invaluable. The team that I worked with was made up of some of the best people I’ve ever met. The full-time team members guided and trained me with positivity every step of the way. They will be lifelong mentors and friends as time goes on. 

Despite the adversity, we faced this year, I was able to gain new knowledge every single day on the job. From learning how to do pump-overs, to sampling grapes in the vineyards and barreling down wine, the hands-on wine work that I took part in added to my knowledge and appreciation for the wine world. Not only did I gain muscles lifting barrels and wine hoses, but I also gained a deeper understanding of how much attention and dedication goes into every bottle of fine wine. Upon completion of the internship with the Jimmy Mancbach Memorial Scholarship Foundation, I am even more confident that the wine industry is where I belong. When my Heitz internship ends, I will continue working in Napa Valley as a Wine Ambassador for Knights Bridge Winery. As I continue the journey, I will carry all of the experiences that I acquired this harvest as an intern. I will always be grateful to the JMMSF for bringing me to Napa Valley, and for allowing me to pursue my passion for a career in fine wine."

2019

 

Sergio Bernal | Heitz Cellars

 

"My time at Hanzell was nothing shy of extraordinary. This experience has allowed me to enhance my knowledge of winemaking and put into practice the things I learned a year prior (while interning at Heitz with the Jimmy Mancbach Scholarship Foundation).  If it wasn’t for this, I would have missed out on a lot of the best moments of my life. I made many great memories and close friendships that will last a lifetime. I could not have asked for a better experience.!!!! I have returned to Hanzell in a full-time position as Assistant Farm Manager. It’s a great opportunity for me to work in and understand every aspect and department here at the winery, so I am looking forward to building my skill set and jump-starting on my career!"

Cal Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Currently Assistant Farm Manager at Hanzell Vineyards

 

Danielle Gottbrect  |    Au Bon Climat

"My time at Au Bon Climat has finally - and very sadly - come to an end. Though my body is grateful for a break after a demanding harvest, I can't help but miss the Central Coast already. For the past three months, I've been busy crushing, stomping, pouring, bottling, cleaning fastidiously, and tasting some of the greatest wines to date. I feel I've had such a comprehensive view of production - including the blood, sweat, and tears that go into winemaking. I'll never look at a bottle of pinot the same way again! It's been an absolute joy to work with the crew at ABC and I am so thankful for your support of JMMSF. My harvest experience has been nothing short of life-changing"

Guilford College, Greensboro, NC

Currently working crush at Pernod Ricard in New Zealand.

2018

 

Brian Hogue  |   Hanzell Vineyards

"My time in California at Hanzell Vineyards has been a strong affirmation of my decision to pursue a career in the wine industry. The opportunity I was given through this scholarship was a game changer, providing an experience I likely could not have had otherwise. I had long felt that in order to be a successful Sommelier I would need to travel, I would need to connect with people globally, building relationships that would grow stronger as the years went on. That’s a tall order for a kid from South Carolina with limited resources. Because of this scholarship, I now have the beginnings of a network that I will grow with a career”

Graduate of University of South Carolina

Currently Sommelier at Halls Chophouse

 

Simone Landau  |  Au Bon Climat

"I just wanted to give you a brief update on life at Au Bon Climat. I’ve been here two weeks now, and to summarize, this is the greatest place ever. It’s like one big family that speaks three languages to each other, works out together and eats meals together. They make excellent wines and I’ve never felt more at home than I do here. I want to thank you for the opportunity to come here and be a part of this amazing experience.”

 

Graduated Cornell University, CALS, Major in Viticulture & Enology

Currently Currently working at Craggy Range in New Zealand 

 

Sergio Bernal | Heitz Cellars

Graduate of Cal Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Currently Assistant Farm Manager at Hanzell Vineyards

2017

 

Deandra Anderson | Au Bon Climat 

"Regardless of where or when I discovered wine, today it has led me to study International Wine Business in Germany where my theoretical knowledge of the wine industry and international markets has vastly expanded. This internship will allow me to actually apply that knowledge and further develop through experiential learning. Moreover, this opportunity will nurture my future career aspirations in the wine industry by exposing me to another side of the process - production and a different market"

Hochachule Geisenheim’s, International Wine Business

2016

 

Zachary Stocksdale | Hanzell Vineyards

"The small winemaking team at Hanzell Vineyards cultivates a family-like environment, with a sincere interest in providing an engaging and holistic harvest experience for all involved. This work atmosphere eased the daily grind of harvest, whether vineyard sampling at sunrise, spending long hours on the sorting table, toiling away in the barrel-aging cave, or performing late-night punchdowns. It was wonderful to implement and expand on the knowledge I’ve acquired through formal study, by working closely with so many experienced wine professionals."

MS at UC Davis, Viticulture and Enology
Viticulturist at Wisele Vineyards

 

Grant Thompson Laird | Au Bon Climat

 

"The internship was amazing! Everyone at ABC was beyond generous and taught me even more about the varying taste of wine than I could've imagined."

University of Georgia

2015

 

Alison Bart | Soter Vineyards

 

"Working at Soter provided an unbelievable opportunity to get a taste of many of the major facets of winemaking as well as an understanding of the Oregon wine industry. From day one I was thrown into the biggest part of working the harvest: cleaning. As the weeks progressed I was able to take on more responsibilities, from sampling and labwork to topping off barrels to the many punchdowns and pumpovers required for Pinot. The hours were very long and the work is very intense, but it’s hard to beat the vineyard sunrises and sunsets I would see most days. As the operation is quite small, I really was able to learn a bit of everything and had so much fun gaining the knowledge that I could discuss when visiting vineyards in the area and elsewhere."

Graduate of The University of Pennsylvania 
Marketing strategist and wine buyer at Zachys

 

 

Connor Roberson | Au Bon Climat
 

"My expectations could not be more blown away. It is a fantastic place to work with people generous in their wisdom and their wine. This experience has changed the way I think, work and live."

Graduate of Cornell University
Cellar Master at Hye Meadow Winery, Hill County, Texas

 

Mary Schneier | Hanzell Vineyards

 

"I gained the hands-on experience that I was looking for - sampling grapes, harvesting, processing, inoculating, performing laboratory analysis, and more. It was hard work and long hours, but I loved every minute of it. My favorite experience was tasting through 10 vintages of the pinot noir and chardonnay and discussed how they are aging."

BA Graduate of University of Missouri, Columbia

Assistant Winemaker at Wairau River Wines - Nelson, Marlborough & Tasman, New Zealand

2014

 

Sarah Atwood | Hanzell Vineyards

"When I look back on my experiences of the labor-intensive work and long hours I certainly agree with Michael McNeill, this not a romantic business and yet, I was able to fall in love with it all the same. There is such a high energy and excitement that comes along with harvest. What I learned from Hanzell and the knowledge I received from hands on experience is incomparable, I know I will not be satisfied without a more intense study of viticulture and enology."

Graduate of UC Davis  in Viticulture and Enology

Wine specialist at 5 points Bottle Shop, Davis, California

 

Conner Clark | Au Bon Climat

"Working at Au Bon Climat was the the best experience that I could have asked for. Never have I felt more taken care of while at work and felt such a sense of pride to be associated with one of the original pioneers of the wine industry. I felt as if this was the place that I was meant to work at during this period in my life."

Cal Polytechical State University
Wine advisor at Soutirage

 

Mike Garrison | Soter Vineyards

"As one of the fortunate recipients of the Jimmy Mancbach Memorial Scholarship, I wanted to share my thanks for the amazing harvest experience I had at Soter Vineyards. This vintage was pleasantly warm for us in Oregon without being too hot, so we saw wonderfully even ripening with impressively concentrated flavors from the newly fermented wine. Even with my minimal experience, this seemed like a vintage full of promise, which gives me incredible excitement to see how the wines will evolve years from now once bottled. My experience with the entire crew at Soter was nothing short of amazing. In such a short time we really seemed to have an atmosphere of collaboration and family. Learning and training were the name of the game right off the bat. I still can hardly believe all of the tasks I now know how to perform around a winery.

The memories of sunrise in the vineyard while the pickers were singing and joking, and the sunsets at the winery while putting the newly fermented wine to bed in barrel, will live with me forever. Winemaking is incredibly hard work, but sometimes if you let it, the romanticism of what you're doing really takes hold of you. This was an experience of a lifetime that you helped enable for me, and for that I couldn't thank you enough!"

Graduate of UC Davis MS Viniculture and Enology

2013

 

Mike Dmytrenko | Soter Vineyards
 

"It has been a very interesting and rewarding harvest working in Oregon for Soter Vineyards. Beyond work, my exposure to the northwest and the challenges of grape growing in Oregon's unique climate have broadened my perspective of winemaking as a whole.

Having been awarded the Jimmy Mancbach Memorial Scholarship has further strengthened my desire to continue a career in winemaking. I will recommend future peers to apply to the foundation."

Graduate of UC Davis in Viticulture and Enology

Assistant Winemaker Littorai Wines - St Helena, California

 

 

Alan Feldman | Vinecliff Winery

 

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about my trip and the Napa Valley. Rob Sweeney and the entire team at Vinecliff was awesome. Unforgettable."

Sommelier at Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau

 

Bailey Hasbrouck | Au Bon Climat

"This scholarship gives you the opportunity to find your niche in the industry. During my time at the winery I participated in two different tastings, the Santa Barbara County Vintners Celebration of Harvest festival and the ABC/Qupé Open House. Both times I felt completely in my element. I may not have been cut out for the physical labor of winemaking, but in those moments I knew I was made to teach others about the beauty and endless possibilities of wine."

Graduate of  The University of  South Carolina Columbia, SC
Territory Sales Manager at Total Beverage Solution

 

Scott Quarella | Hanzell Vineyards

"What I learned working harvest at Hanzell far surpasses an in class education that I have ever received. My plan after Hanzell is to return to m family's winery located in southern New Jersey and run our family farm that has been operational since 1914 when my great great grandfather Angelo immigrated to America. Since then the family farm has been handed down from father to sonand I will continure the family tradition by becoming the fifth generation of Quarellas to operate Bellview Farms Inc. However, unlike my ancestors I have the opportunity to go beyond the comfort zone of our family farm at a young age and due to my experience at an esteemed winery."

 

Graduate of Rutgers University majoring in Food Science

Vice President of Bellview Winery- Landisville, New Jersey

2012

 

Marc Piro | Au Bon Climat & Qupe  

"I can’t express enough how great my experience was, meeting and getting to know Jim Clendenen and Bob Linquist was so valuable. Analyzing the flavor profiles of the many outstanding wines we tasted daily at lunch, listening to them talk about them, was extremely beneficial. They know the business and they know winemaking, so when I start my own venture I know that those two guys can help me in whatever questions come up. The words thankful and grateful hardly describe how I feel about my experience."

Graduate of The University of San Diego

Winemaker of Piro Wines and full time employed at Au Bon Climat