Gummoe’09 Named Assistant Winemaker – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Gummoe’09 Named Assistant Winemaker

Sarah Gummoe ’09 has been named assistant winemaker at Fox Run Vineyards, located in Penn Yan, N.Y., part of the Finger Lakes American Viticultural Area. Gummoe, who joined Fox Run full-time in 2011 to pursue a career in winemaking, will continue to work with head winemaker Peter Bell on the full portfolio of estate grown, cool-climate wines. A Rochester, N.Y., native, she earned her B.A. in sociology, cum laude from William Smith with minors in aesthetics and European studies and initially took a job in the non-profit sector in Boston. “Working in the Finger Lakes has been especially rewarding because of the unique camaraderie and almost family-like spirit that exists among winemakers here. That atmosphere makes for an amazing place to continue to grow and learn in a career,” Gummoe says. Gummoe is currently enrolled in the UC Davis University of California Winemaking Extension Program and has gained valuable experience while working overseas. During the northern hemisphere “off” season she has traveled to the southern hemisphere for the past two years to work vintages in Marlborough, New Zealand (Saint Clair Family Estate, 2014) and Clare Valley, Australia (Knappstein Winery, 2013). “Sarah’s passion for making wine and her experience working in Australia and New Zealand will add another dimension to the winemaking team here at Fox Run,” said Fox Run owner Scott Osborn. “I am thrilled that Sarah has accepted this senior position on my winemaking team. She brings a profound understanding of the winemaking process as well as an excellent palate. Perhaps just as important, Sarah is a wonderfully warm and affable individual,” Bell said. Gummoe first worked part-time in the tasting room at Fox Run as an HWS student. She was also a member of the swimming team, participated in the student phonathon and studied abroad in Rome, Italy.