Meet the new wave of winemakers sponsored by “Stay Rooted in California” – a scholarship program developed by The Roots Fund and Naked Wines
Naked Wines and The Roots Fund are proud to support Monica Palenzuela – one of eight recipients of the “Stay Rooted” Scholarship in 2020-2021.
Originally from Miami, Monica Palenzuela fell in love with the hustle and bustle of New York City – and its unique wine culture. Palenzuela left her full-time job in publishing to lean into her passion for wine, apprenticing at a small Brooklyn wine shop, Vanderbilt Wine Merchants, stocking shelves. Her role led into events management, and she eventually ascended into a role as Director of Operations in 2019…
…all while spending the last several harvests gaining critical hands-on wine experience. Palenzuela has ventured out west several years to serve as a harvest and production intern for wineries including Tuck Beckstoffer Estate in St. Helena and Sonoma County’s Idlewild Wines.
Now a WSET Level 2 graduate, Palenzuela is using her scholarship award to complete the Winemaking Certificate Program at UC Davis.
About our partner: The Roots Fund was created to empower communities of color by providing resources and financial support through educational scholarships, wine education, mentorship, and job placement. Naked has pledged a 5-year commitment to The Roots Fund and the advancement of the BIPOC community in wine.