Doug Wisor Scholarship Recipents

Kevin Luther

Kevin Luther graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 2007 with a degree in Viticulture & Enology. During university, he experienced his first harvest at RH Phillips, a nearby winery. After graduation, he set out upon a mission to apprentice himself to great winemakers at great wineries and began to turn his education into a foundation of practical skills. Since graduation, Kevin has worked at five wineries, including Peachy Canyon in Paso Robles, California, Yering Station near Melbourne, Australia, Penner-Ash in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, Vina Cobos in Mendoza, Argentina, and both Balletto and Dutton-Goldfield in Sonoma, California. At each winery, he has learned from both the expertise and artistry of the winemaker and the practical skills of all those with whom he worked with daily.

Kevin intends to continue his active education in the craft of winemaking under the influence of Craggy Range's winemaking team, and hopse to experience and learn from the New Zealand approach to life and work.

Doug Wisor Memorial Scholarship Recepient Award Report - Kevin Luther

Justin Carr
Justin Carr


Justin Carr graduated with honors from UC Davis in 2008 with a B.S. in Viticulture and Enology and was awarded the Department’s citation for outstanding performance. He also has a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley.

Justin’s industry experience includes internships for the 2005 and 2007 vintages at Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley as well as the 2008 Harvest Enologist position for Patz & Hall in Sonoma, California. Justin is looking forward to working in the lab, vineyards and cellar at Craggy Range and eager to learn how the varying climate, soils and techniques contribute to premium winemaking in New Zealand.

Doug Wisor Memorial Scholarship Recipient Award Report - Justin Carr

Kirsty Harmon


Kirsty Harmon has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and a Master of Science in Viticulture and Encology from the University of California, Davis. She has had a variety wine making experience in Virginia, and is currently doing a harvest internship at Domaine Faiveley in France.

Kirsty Harmon's scientific training at UC Davis combined with her winemaking experience in Burgundy and Virginia will make her a valuable member to one of New Zealand' s exceptional wineries.

Doug Wisor Memorial Scholarship Recipient Award Report - Kirsty Harmon

Ming-Jen J. Tsay


Ming-Jen J. Tsay has a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in Illinois and a Master of Science from the University of California. Ming-Jen J. Tsay has also worked as a Graduate Student Researcher at the University of California, and previously completed a Burgundy internship.

Ming-Jen J. Tsay is interested in gaining experience at Craggy Range as they produce high quality wines, while focusing on sustainable agriculture and conservation. At Craggy Range, Ming-Jen J. Tsay will concentrate on all aspects of the viticultural and enological processes, from leaf-pulling to harvest, from punch-downs/pump-overs to racking, bottling and cleaning.

Diane Y. Choo


Diane Y. Choo of Napa, California graduated from Yale University in History then completed a Master of Science in Viticulture & Enology, University of California – Davis.

Since 2002 Ms. Choo has had significant winegrowing experience in Napa, California and most recently in Burgundy, France. She is a recipient of the Chevaliers du Tastevin’s scholarship award. Diane is a great believer in collaboratory relationships and the importance of observing and absorbing differences and challenges in growing wine in different environments.