Women of the Vine & Spirits

Women of the Vine & Spirits launches non-profit foundation

29 September, 2021

Women of the Vine & Spirits has announced a new non-profit arm which has awarded scholarships to 59 candidates, totalling $159,700 in 2021.

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation received 298 applications from candidates in 37 countries throughout the year.

“As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, those in our industry face unprecedented barriers. With so much economic loss this year, the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation received a groundbreaking number of standout applications from individuals across the globe,” said  Deborah Brenner, president of the Foundation. 

In addition to donations made from several beverage companies and individuals, this year’s scholarship fund saw an additional boost of contributions. For the third time, E&J Gallo Winery donated $100,000, Pernod Ricard USA gave $82,500 and Beam Suntory contributed $23,400.

Brenner added: “Through the increased donations from our generous donors the past year, we were able to award more candidates than ever before.  It is through this industry support that we continue to foster our mission of diversity, equity and inclusion, and business development and innovation through our scholarship program.”

Digital Edition

Drinks International digital edition is available ahead of the printed magazine. Don’t miss out, make sure you subscribe today to access the digital edition and all archived editions of Drinks International as part of your subscription.


Tess Posthumus

Staffing crisis could open opportunities

The pandemic has thrown many challenges at bar owners over the past couple of years and the ones that survived the various lockdowns and restrictions deserve a pat on the back. However, while revenues are returning and bars are beginning to recruit once more, we’ve come up against a whole new set of problems, one of which is a global starring crisis.