Dig Deep: Monterey AVA Geology Webinar with Brenna Quigley

  • Date

    January 25, 2021

  • Deadline

    January 25, 2021, 10:00 AM (Pacific)

    This event has concluded. Click on “learn more and apply” to see the winners and a link to the full webinar.
  • Location


  • Sponsors

    Caraccioli Cellars, Chalone Vineyards, Diora Wines, I. Brand Family Wines, Monterey Pacific Farms, McIntyre Vineyards

The winners of the Monterey scholarship competition ($500 each) are:

Ksenia Caron, Laguna Woods, CA

Anthony Ferrari, San Jose, CA

To view a recording of the webinar, click here.

To take a virtual trip of Monterey via SommGeo, click here.

Dig Deep: Monterey AVA Geology Webinar with Brenna Quigley.


We invite you to apply:

Join renowned vineyard geologist, Brenna Quigley, five outstanding Monterey County vintners, and SommFoundation on Jan 25th, 2021 at 10am PST, as we explore the varied terroirs and geology of the Monterey AVA. Sixteen professionals will be chosen as recipients of five bottles of wine each from the sponsoring wineries as well as access to SommFoundation’s SommGeo for one year. At conclusion, an online theory competition test will be made available to all participants (including the public) to determine the winners of two $500 scholarships.

About Brenna:

Brenna Quigley is committed to thoughtfully applying the science of geology to the world of wine through both education and hands on vineyard investigations. She works with wine professionals in all areas of the trade, from growers in France to importers and buyers in the US, in order to precisely define the most impactful elements of their terroirs in a relevant and approachable manner. (The photo above is Brenna in San Bernabe AVA, Monterey County.)

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate a strong interest in Monterey Wines
  • Must have achieved an upper level of certification through CMS/WSET/SWE etc.. (such as Advanced Sommelier, WSET Level 3, Certified Wine Educator)
  • Commit to attending the full webinar
  • Work and reside in the United States

About the speakers:

This webinar will feature the following professionals. Please click the links for more information.

Brenna Quigley, Geologist and Terroir Specialist

Ian Brand, I.Brand Family Wines

Scott Caraccioli, Caraccioli Cellars

Steve McIntyre, McIntyre Vineyards

James Ewart, Diora

Gianni Abate, Chalone Vineyards

***Registration for this event is open to the public. Following the completion of the class, all registered attendees will be granted a one-time access to an online timed test. The test will cover information from the class. The test will be scored by the most correct answers given in the shortest amount of time. The top two scorers will each receive a $500 scholarship. Please note, any current or past employees of the sponsoring organizations are not eligible to win the scholarships.

Winners will be announced via Instagram Live (@SommFoundation) at a time and date to be determined.

If you wish to apply for consideration to receive wines and access to the Global Diagram of Wine, complete the required information under “apply now” below. If you wish to register as a member of the general public, click here. (TBD)