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Matt Deller
Matt Deller MW is the Chief Wine Officer for Wine Access, a leader in the online revolution in direct-to-consumer fine wine e-commerce. Backed by top-tier investor Norwest Venture Partners, Wine Access, with the help of Matt and his team is now bringing the wine world’s best kept secrets to wine lovers throughout the US. Matt worked for Constellation Brands for five years, most recently as director of fine wine development, developing sales strategies for Robert Mondavi Winery, The Prisoner Wine Company, Mount Veeder Winery, and Ruffino Estates. As one of 45 Masters of Wine in the US, Matt judges international wine competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards, TEXSOM International Wine Competition and the Sydney International Top 100 Wine Awards. Matt also serves as an instructor at the Napa Valley Wine Academy, an expert panelist at several international wine events and writes for various wine publications.
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James Harbertson
Jim Harbertson, PhD, is an associate professor of enology at Washington State University’s Wine Science Center in Richland, Washington. He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and doctorate in agricultural chemistry from the University of California, Davis. Jim’s research focuses on the phenolic compounds found in grapes and wine and their biochemical and chemical changes during grape ripening, winemaking and aging. Jim serves as an associate editor for the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. Jim has been awarded Best Enology Paper from the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture three times (2010, 2014, 2017). Jim is an active volunteer for the American Society of Enology and Viticulture, serving in various capacities on the board and now serves as the president and the interim technical program director. Jim has organized symposiums, workshops and seminars throughout California and Washington.
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Cain Hickey
Cain Hickey is an assistant professor and viticulture extension specialist in the Horticulture Department at the University of Georgia. He has been involved in viticulture research and extension since 2007, when employed at Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center at Penn State. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in horticulture science from Penn State in 2009, Cain began his graduate studies in viticulture at Virginia Tech, earning his Master of Science in 2012 and his doctorate in 2016. He was a post-doctoral research associate at Cornell University's Lake Erie Regional Extension Laboratory from 2016-2017. His research focuses on applied viticulture, and has been recently focused on pruning, trellising, and fruit-zone management as they relate to crop yield and quality. He has presented his research at several academic and industry conferences and extension workshops. Cain is working with members of the Georgia grape and wine industry to solve regional vineyard management issues through his extension and research appointment.
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Greg Jones
Dr. Greg Jones, director of wine education and a professor and research climatologist at Linfield College, provides a review of the 2017 vintage’s weather, vine growth, and production characteristics as well as current climate conditions and a forecast for the 2018 vintage. Greg specializes in the study of climate structure and suitability for viticulture, and how climate variability and change influence grapevine growth, wine production, and quality. He conducts applied research for the grape and wine industry in Oregon and many regions worldwide, and has given hundreds of international, national, and regional presentations on climate and wine-related research.
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Morgen McLaughlin
Morgen McLaughlin is the executive director of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, an Oregon-based wine trade association missioned to promote, enhance and protect the prestige of Willamette Valley wines. She previously served as the executive director of Santa Barbara County Vintners Association in California, president/CEO of the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association, and managed a small family-owned winery and vineyard in Connecticut.
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Michelle Moyer
Michelle is an associate professor and the viticulture extension specialist at Washington State University. Located at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, WA, her research and extension programs focus on pest management, canopy management, and general integrated vineyard management in wine and juice grapes. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in genetics and plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned her PhD in plant pathology at Cornell University.
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Amy Prosenjak
Amy Prosenjak is president of A to Z Wineworks in Newberg, Oregon. She joined the company in its fifth year with the acquisition of REX HILL Vineyards (2007). Amy has used financial and leadership experience garnered at both a family-owned billion dollar manufacturing company and a publicly traded international retailer. She has been instrumental in transitioning the fast growing A to Z Wineworks from an 80,000 case winery to its current status as Oregon's largest winery with production of 400,000 cases and a newly-integrated and expanded winemaking campus. In 2014, Amy led the company's efforts to gain certification as a B Corporation. This international non-profit, third-party certification reflects a commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability. In 2014 and 2015, A to Z Wineworks earned recognition as one of the top four small businesses in Oregon, receiving a special commendation for leadership. In addition, the company was named to the top ten most admired agricultural companies in Oregon, as well as one of three most innovative small businesses in the state. Amy is an active member of the community and works with a number of organizations focused on education, outreach, and cultural diversity. She serves on the board of trustees for Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon and as treasurer on the board of directors for Literary Arts.
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Liz Thach MW
Dr. Liz Thach, MW (pronounced “tosh”) is the distinguished professor of wine and a professor of management at Sonoma State University, where she teaches in both the undergraduate and wine MBA programs. Liz’s passion is wine, and she has visited most of the major wine regions of the world and more than 37 countries. She is also an award-winning author who has published over 130 articles and 8 wine books, including Call of the Vine, Wine – A Global Business and Wine Marketing & Sales. A fifth-generation Californian, Liz finished her PhD at Texas A&M University, and now lives on Sonoma Mountain where she tends a small hobby vineyard and makes Pinot noir. She also works as a wine judge in various competitions, and has served on many non-profit wine boards. Liz obtained the distinction of Master of Wine (MW) in May of 2011.