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CWU Wine Program's "International Woman of Wine" Leaves for France

Amy Mumma, Central Washington University's Director of the Institute of Wine, Beverages and Gastronomy, is leaving CWU to pursue wine industry opportunities in France. She will base her activities in Aix-en-Provence, a region that has been producing wine, notably rosé, for more than 2,600 years. Mumma will be leaving at the end of May.

“Although I’m leaving Central, I hope to continue to be a resource to my graduates and the Washington wine industry,” said Mumma, whose extensive contacts in the world of wine have helped further her students’ careers. “I would also like to thank the many people at CWU who have made this program a success.”   

“Amy Mumma’s achievements for CWU and for the region have been truly incredible. She has been a tremendous member of our community and will be sorely missed,” said Marilyn Levine, CWU Provost. “I know I speak for the campus when I wish her well during the exciting years ahead and am quite certain that she will continue to contribute to the appreciation and development of the wine industry.”

Mumma developed the World Wine Program at CWU in 2003, which offers academic programs including Global Wine Studies, the only four-year degree in international business in the United States. The program also includes the Wine Trade Professional Certificate, a Professional Sommelier Certificate and a Wine Trade and Tourism minor. In addition, the World Wine program offers training for wine industry members and consumer courses.

Mumma, who holds an MBA in Wine from the University of Bordeaux Business School, the Advanced Certificate of Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London, and a Diploma of Tasting from the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France was awarded the prestigious title, Professional Wine Woman 2005-2006, the top award of the International Wine Women Awards in Paris. In 2008, she was named Western Innovator by the Capital Press and she was recognized in the Congressional Record by Congressman Doc Hastings for her contributions to the wine industry.

Mumma has been involved in the Washington and international wine industry in many roles including education, internships, study abroad programs, judging, presenting and writing about wine. In 2011 and 2012, she was chosen as the chief judge at the International Beverage Exposition and Competition (IBEC) in Shenzhen China, one of the largest beverage conventions in the world.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu

April 4, 2013