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Mentorship Program

The 2023 Mentorship term is now open for applications! 

If successful as a mentorship applicant, you will get a chance to receive rare one-on-one career advice and coaching in the fields of wine service and restaurant management; wine writing and judging; wine education and more!


Who is eligible?

  • Anyone who identifies as BIPOC and is pursuing a career or advanced education in wine / winemaking is encouraged to apply

  • Candidates will be selected by Vinequity and the Mentorship team

  • Spaces are limited per term, so candidates are encouraged to reapply in subsequent terms

Where and when does mentorship take place?

  • There are two (2) types of mentorship programs being offered:

    • Intensive subject bootcamps led by one of our mentors for a small group of three to four mentees

    • Five (5) one-on-one, mentorship placements, starting January through to the end of December, 2023 

      • Successful mentorship candidates will receive the opportunity for up to 26 one-on-one Zoom sessions with their Mentor placement (that’s one call every other week for 12 months).

How do I apply?

  • Click the application button below to apply for the 2023 mentorship term. 

  • We are accepting applications online from October 17 through to and including November  17.

  • All applications are reviewed from November 18 to December 1.

  • Successful applicants are informed and announced on December 8.



Have additional questions about the mentorship program? Contact us here and one of the Vinequity mentorship facilitators will get back to you.

Meet the Mentors

Andrea Backstrom

A.M.C.C. Inc.


Steven Campbell

Campbell Kind Wines


José Luis Fernández

Advanced Sommelier

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Jennifer Huether

Master Sommelier

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Elyse Lambert

Master Sommelier


Elsa Macdonald

Master of Wine

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Kelly Mason


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Vincent Morrow

Master Sommelier


Geoffrey Moss

Master of Wine

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Shiraz Mottiar

Winemaker, Malivoire Wine

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Patrick Okubo

Aloha Wine Foundation


Seema Pal

Director Operations CAPS and Educator


Christopher Sealy

Alo Food Group


John Szabo

Master Sommelier


Mariko Tajiri

That's Life, National Brand Manager


Donald Ziraldo

Ziraldo Estate Winery

The Mentors
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