Wine’s New Guard

Focused, educated and representing fresh perspectives, the industry’s next wave of talent is poised for success

Wine’s New Guard
With an MBA from Sonoma State University's wine business program, Isaiah Fitzgerald-Palacio is working as a wine industry accountant but hopes to build his own business someday. (Fabian Jauregui Garcia)
From the Nov 30, 2020, issue

New generations bring change and growth. In wine and related industries, today’s group of young professionals is the most diverse ever. Supporting these individuals’ dreams are schools that educate students in wine, be it the science of winemaking, the complexities of the business end, or the dynamism of restaurants and hospitality.

Here, three BIPOC thirtysomethings—Isaiah Fitzgerald-Palacio, Priyanka Dhar French and Juan Carlos Santana—talk about how education helped shape their careers and how they see the wine industry of tomorrow.

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