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Our 2011 Michael Bonaccorsi Foundation Scholarship Student

We proudly present our Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship student for 2011! 

Martha Stoumen, Our 2011 Scholarship Student

About Martha Stoumen

Martha Stoumen was raised in Sonoma County, California, one of the nation’s leading wine regions – but she didn't find her passion for winemaking until after her undergraduate degree, living on a farm outside of Siena, Italy. There, working alongside an Italian farmhand, she managed the vineyards and the olive orchards, making wine and olive oil for the small surrounding community. Deciding on a career in winemaking, she returned to school at UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture & Enology. Martha’s experience includes winemaking jobs in Napa, Sonoma, Margaret River, West Australia and in the Mosel, Germany.


For her Master's thesis Martha is teaming up with her colleague, Fernando Buscema, to conduct a comparative study on wines made from Malbec, grown in Argentina, California, and Washington State. Argentine Malbec enjoys a strong identity, but the varietal is also well suited to many sites in the United States. Martha is involved in Sensory Science and will be exploring the link between vineyard site and characteristic flavor and aroma profiles using the Descriptive Analysis method. She will integrate the information Fernando gathers on phenolics into her sensory analysis to determine if these compounds can be linked to the flavors associated with Malbec from a specific site. The goal of this study is to determine what areas are best for growing Malbec and what sensory profiles the wines from these sites possess. This information will provide a tool to develop new Malbec vineyards in the United States as well as inform growing and grape purchasing decisions for those already in production. 

The Michael Bonaccorsi Endowed Scholarship will play an integral role in providing Martha the funding to complete her research.


"I want to extend my sincere gratitude to all who attend the annual Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration, as well as everyone behind the scenes who donate their time and products to make it all possible. The continued support of the Michael Bonaccorsi Foundation has made achieving my Master's in Viticulture and Enology a reality."

Martha Stoumen, 2011 Recipient of the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship at UC David Department of Viticulture & Enology


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