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Andrew Bandy-Smith
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Lesley Berglund
Lesley Berglund is an accomplished wine industry entrepreneur and CEO with a focus on change management. In her 24 years of experience in the wine industry, she has started up the equivalent of nine new businesses, acquired and integrated four companies, and led during periods of dramatic change. As co-founder and former CEO of the Ambrosia Wine Catalogue/The Winetasting Network (which she sold in 2004), she has extensive experience in consumer direct marketing of fine wines. She coaches winery leaders through growth-related challenges and opportunities. Lesley is a third generation Napa Valley native from a grape growing family, having earned a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Sarah Bernosky
Sarah Bernosky manages Strategic Sales at Square. As consumers change the way they expect to make payments in the retail, services, and hospitality industries, Sarah works with mid-market businesses to stay at the cutting-edge of these trends through Square’s payments platform and software services.
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Jim Blumling
Senior sales and marketing executive leveraging 30+ years of experience with Fortune 500 companies to build and manage support functions and personnel essential to optimizing productivity within the wine, beer, spirits and Consumer Packaged Goods space. Proven record of success providing leadership for key strategic business processes, including supplier planning, supplier marketing and programming, pricing, commercial finance, inventory management, forecasting and analytics. Demonstrates expertise to captain sales force implementation of new product roll-outs in tight coordination with sales, finance and marketing, and provide viewpoints on consumer and/or brand opportunities based on thorough awareness of marketplace trends.
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Bree Boskov
Bree, a Master of Wine specializing in wine education development, joined the Oregon Wine Board in April 2017. Born and raised in Australia, Bree’s career has had an intentionally international perspective. In Canada, sommelier roles in fine dining restaurants took her from Vancouver, BC to Nova Scotia and led to sommelier certifications and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma. Sales and portfolio management roles have taken her around Australia with one of Australia’s largest family owned wine companies, DeBortoli Wines and to Australia’s pre-eminent modern Spanish and Portuguese importer, The Spanish Acquisition in Melbourne.
Since 2008, Bree has been an independent wine industry management consultant specializing in education program development and sensory training, consulting to some of Australia’s finest independent retailers and wine education programs. She has provided market analysis for wineries and importers, brand analysis and wine business management consulting. Bree is also an experienced international wine judge and has held harvest and consulting positions in Australia, Austria, Portugal and the US.
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Danny Brager
Danny Brager is the Senior Vice President of Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice Area in the U.S., supporting relationships with Nielsen’s beer, wine, and spirits clients, as well as with key industry groups and the media. In this role, Danny and his team provide business information, analysis and insights, focusing on the U.S. retail environment and consumer – who they are, what they buy, and why. Danny has 15 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry, and for the past 30 plus years has held a variety of marketing and sales positions with Nielsen, as well as with the Beverage Information Group, and Resources Optimization International (ROI). A board member of the Wine Market Council, Danny holds an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration from York University in Toronto, Canada.
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Scott Bricker
Scott Bricker serves as the Director of Product Development on Travel Oregon’s Destination Development team. Scott’s work includes serving as the Manager of the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Initiative, culinary and agricultural tourism and visitor transportation programs. Prior to full-time employment, Scott contracted with Travel Oregon to deliver 18 Bicycle Tourism Studios. Scott is a former non-profit Executive, leading America Walks for six years and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance with roles of Executive Director, Policy Director, and Education Director over 11 years. Scott earned a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State and Bachelors in Political Science at SUNY Albany. Scott loves to wander, eat and drink his way across the globe. Scott lives on an urban farm with wife, daughters, chickens, bees, garden, and various pets.
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Anna Campbell
Anna Campbell is Creative Director for her family's farm and winery, Elk
Cove Vineyards. In addition to doing photography, graphic design and other creative work for Elk Cove and its sister winery Pike Road, she manages their websites, social media and email marketing. She collaborates with Elk Cove's sales team to create branding, promotions, and events. Anna is a both an artist and a science geek at heart, so she is very happy working at the junction of creative marketing and consumer data.
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Carlos Castañeda
Carlos Castañeda owns and operates La Alianza on the Central Coast of California, a company that employs farm workers for maintenance and harvest in the vegetable, nursery, vineyard and tree crop industries. Carlos served as president of the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau and is a past chair of the California Farm Bureau Federation Labor Committee. He also chaired the Agricultural Labor Working Group and was appointed by Congresswoman Lois Capps (D- Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo) to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, and is current chair of the Labor Subcommittee, a 25-member committee advising the Secretary of Agriculture on issues affecting the fruit and vegetable industry. Carlos lives on the same property where he was raised in South San Luis Obispo County.
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Eglantine Chauffour
Eglantine Chauffour, technical winemaker at Enartis USA, is responsible of research projects, technical support and consulting services for the wine industry. After been graduated with a double Master Degree in Viticulture-Oenology and Agronomic engineering from Montpellier SupAgro (France), she travelled the globe making wine in France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and now USA. Her international experiences working with diverse varieties, various wine styles, in large and small-scale wineries has given her the expertise to find solutions to most winemaking situations. Eglantine enjoys helping winemakers optimizing their process, troubleshoot difficult wines and making rosé and sparkling wines!
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Dr. Steven Cuellar
Steven Cuellar is Professor of Economics at Sonoma State University and Director of Advanced Marketing Analytics at Sonoma Research Associates. At Sonoma State University, Dr. Cuellar teaches courses on consumer behavior, quantitative marketing, econometrics and labor economics. His research interests include issues related to pricing, promotion, branding and measuring the effects of marketing campaigns. Dr. Cuellar’s research has been published in national and international academic journals as well as trade and industry publications and he has been a featured speaker at academic and industry conferences.
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Chris Cullina
Chris Cullina is a 16 year veteran of the Oregon Wine Business, most recently heading up the Sales and Marketing for Argyle Winery. At Argyle, Chris oversaw all of Argyle’s Brand Development, Commercial Direction in the US Wholesale Market as well as Argyle’s direct-to-consumer business channels in Dundee, Oregon.
Chris has Washington, D.C. roots, graduating from Catholic University in 1990. He spent 12 years in the food and wine industry in Washington D.C. as proprietor of a restaurant and retail wine business as well as his own consulting business in Boston, MA.
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Randy Ford
Randy Ford, a 25-year wine industry veteran, came to Cristom Vineyards from King Estate Winery where he served as senior vice president of sales. Randy, a native of Richmond, Virginia, began his wine career in the restaurant business before enjoying a 12-year career with RNDC, a leading fine wine national distributing company, where he earned a master level wine certification in 2004.
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Matt Franklin
With more than 19 years of corporate finance advisory experience, Matt Franklin has been an advisor on numerous beverage alcohol industry transactions and has completed more than 100 business valuations and valuation-related consulting projects. Matt was previously a managing director at a boutique investment banking firm in San Francisco where he provided sell-side and buy-side transaction advisory services to food and beverage companies. Matt also worked for KPMG’s Investment Management Services Group where he provided assurance and advisory services to investment banks, private equity firms, mutual funds, hedge funds and broker/dealers. His professional credentials include certified public accountant (CPA) and chartered financial analyst (CFA) charter-holder.
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Gill Giese
Gill Geise is an extension viticulture specialist and assistant professor at New Mexico State University, working in viticulture and enology research since 1995. He earned his doctorate in viticulture at Virginia Tech in 2014, and was a commercial winemaker/viticulturist at Shelton Vineyards in North Carolina from 2013 to 2017. Gill has investigated cover crops and root pruning as tools to manage excessive vine vigor, with his current research focusing on soil-related issues including nematodes, frost/cold mitigation, variety and rootstock trials, canopy management and trellising impacts on yield and berry composition, as well as grapevine/water relations in the southwest.
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Marcus Goodfellow
An Oregon native and wine industry professional since 2002, Marcus is the proprietor and winemaker for Goodfellow Family Cellars and Matello Wines. Producing around 4,000 cases annually with fruit from Northern Willamette Valley vineyards, Goodfellow makes a range of wines focusing on a slower, more traditional process. He also sits on the board of the Deep Roots Coalition, a group of Oregon wineries dedicated to dry farming grape vines in the Pacific Northwest.
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Tim Hanni
Tim Hanni MW is an innovator, researcher, renegade and a relentless crusader against wine snobbery. He is currently the vice president of the Institute of Masters of Wine North America, teaches The Business of Wine online courses with the Napa Valley Wine Academy and at Washington State University, and consults for wineries and wine-related companies around the world. He is the author of “Why You Like the Wines You Like; Changing the Way the World Thinks about Wine.” This paradigm-changing book focuses on expanding wine enjoyment by understanding the factors that influence personal wine preferences. He also penned “The Sweet Wine Lover’s Manifesto; Ending the Tyranny of the Dry Wine Fashionistas,” published in fall 2016. He formed, LLC and the wine consumer profiling technology, complete with an app available through iTunes.
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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.
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Gina Hennen
Gina Hennen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Reed College and an AAS in Winemaking from Chemeketa Community College. Before transitioning to a career in winemaking, she worked as a semiconductor engineer for seven years in both Oregon and Dublin, Ireland. Desiring a career that no longer involved cubicles, she returned to Oregon to establish roots in the wine industry, and joined the Adelsheim cellar crew in 2007, working her way up through the ranks and becoming Winemaker in January of 2018. She serves on the OWB Research and LIVE Winery Committees, Chardonnay Tech Tasting Committee, and sits of the IPNC Board of Directors.
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Eric Herve
Eric Herve received his PhD from the Faculté d’Oenologie of Bordeaux, France, where he completed a research program on the key flavor components of Armagnac and Cognac brandies. Dr. Herve joined ETS Laboratories in 1997 to conduct a cork research program. By studying how natural corks transfer TCA to wine, he defined the concept of cork’s “Releasable TCA,” now become the tool of choice in the fight against cork taint worldwide. Eric is a TTB-certified chemist for analysis of wines, distilled spirits and beer, reporting on the presence of eucalyptol in wines with “minty” and “eucalyptus-like" odors, showing that these aromas often originate from eucalyptus trees growing near vineyards. In addition, he has developed new analytical tools to deal with emerging threats, such as TBA and smoke taint.
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Cain Hickey
Cain 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. 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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Alexis Jewell
As a senior Wine Labeling Specialist, Alexis Jewell has over a decade of experience with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Her focus is on wine labeling compliance and effective implementation of TTB’s laws, regulations, and guidance associated with the alcohol beverage industry. Alexis regularly provides technical advice to industry and State and Federal government agencies on a wide range of issues such as mandatory label information, standards of identity, COLAs Online, and prohibited practices.
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Greg Jones
Dr. Greg Jones, director of wine education and a professor and research climatologist at Linfield College, 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.
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Belinda Kemp
Belinda is senior staff scientist in Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University, and adjunct professor in the department of Biological Science, and faculty of Mathematics and Science. As well as a scientist, Kemp gained practical still and sparkling winemaking experience in commercial wineries in New Zealand and the UK, with her main areas of focus being wine flavor and aroma. She is currently investigating the impact of clones of four grape varieties, and soil type on sparkling wine as well as leaf removal method, timing and severity for still and sparkling wines. She currently organizes FIZZ Club for Ontario sparkling winemakers and serves on the VQA-Ontario Standards Development Committee and the VQA-Ontario sparkling wine regulations committee. She earned her PhD at Lincoln University, New Zealand studying the timing and severity of leaf removal on tannin, flavor and sensory characteristics of Pinot noir.
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Nate Klostermann
Nate Klostermann worked for vineyards in both Minnesota and Augstralia, Nate joined Argyle in 2005 as a harvest intern. He was quickly promoted to enologist and then assistant to Rollin Soles, founding winemaker of Argyle. Nate was appointed Head Winemaker of Argyle Winery in March 2013. Nate has a “hands on” approach to winemaking and works closely with José Sanchez with respect to the vineyard operations of Knudsen Vineyard.
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Jeff Knapp
Jeff Knapp is the executive director for Visit McMinnville. In his role, he creates and executes strategic programming to increase year-round, overnight visits to Oregon wine country. From 2008 to 2015 Knapp worked as the director of consumer relations for Sokol Blosser Winery in Dundee, Oregon, where Jeff was instrumental in helping the company achieve its growth objectives by overseeing a variety of business development and strategic planning responsibilities. Prior to Sokol Blosser, Jeff gained valuable experience in the regional tourism industry as the director of private events at Avalon Hotel & Spa, and as the private event manager at Bluehour Restaurant, both in Portland.
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Jon Krauss
Since founding Vin Agency in 2009, Jon Krauss has designed and developed e-commerce websites for hundreds of winegrowers including Matthiasson, Peay Vineyards, Hyde de Villaine, Donkey & Goat, Keplinger, Saxum, and King Estate Winery. Vin Agency provides art direction, identity branding, graphic design, and web development to fine wineries all over the world. Jon studied German Literature at Whitman College, Art History at Humboldt University Berlin, and Fine Arts at The Evergreen State College.
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Elaina Kroll
Founder and Principal Consultant for Elixir Winery Management, Elaina Kroll has dedicated her life’s professional work to the success of those in the business of wine. Beginning with a successful career in statewide distribution at Wine Warehouse, Elaina took her expertise to the next level, working with both International and National wineries. She has successfully managed National Sales & Distribution for several brands, initiated business develop for small wineries, and worked as General Manager for two premium estates in Santa Barbara County. She has taken this experience to her clients, assisting them in all levels of winery operations, sales and marketing, and brand development, specializing in both DTC and Distribution sales channels. She also is co-owner in her own winery project, Grace + Vine, and continued to devote herself to working in the community, founding The Innocence Mission in 2009 and currently sits on the Santa Barbara County Vintners Foundation Board of Directors.
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Ken Kupperman
Ken Kupperman joined Jackson Family Wines Oregon team as Director of Vineyard Operations in December of 2013. He made the move to the Willamette Valley in 2007 to farm the Oregon properties developed by Premier Pacific Vineyards, some which are now owned by the Jackson Family. Before venturing to Oregon, Ken was Director of Viticulture for Wente Family Estates overseeing 3,000 acres of Vineyards in the Livermore Valley, Arroyo Seco, Monterey and Napa Valley appellations. Earlier in his farming career, he worked for AgriNorthwest in Eastern Washington where he developed and brought into production 1,600 acres of apple orchards. He started his career studying drip irrigation in Israel where he gained hands on experience in the production of apples, pears and kiwifruit.
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Dr. Andrew Landers
Dr Andrew Landers studied and taught agricultural engineering in England. He joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1998, and is based at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. His research group works with application systems in fruit production across the world and he believes in a multi-disciplinary approach to pesticide application, working with biologists to ensure engineering techniques are biologically effective. In 2007 he was presented with the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Cornell University award for outstanding accomplishments in extension and outreach. In 2010 the New York Wine and Grape foundation presented him with the research award for major contributions in research and education. In 2011 he was presented with the NY IPM award for his research and extension. Additionally, he has authored three books on farm machinery investment and vineyard/orchard spraying.
Edwin Martinis
Edwin Martinis started his wine career in 2002 with Bacchus Fine Wines/Willamette Valley Vineyards and is now the GM at the Mitchell Wine Group, a Portland-based distributor. At Bacchus, Edwin began as a driver/sales and was then promoted to sales rep, brand manager and eventually general manager. After Bacchus, Edwin took the opportunity to
develop Cavatappi Distribution for Southern Wine and Spirits in Oregon. During his time at SWS he built the Cavatappi portfolio and managed Kermit Lynch, Domaine Select Wine Estates, Phelps, SFWE, Drappier and The Sorting Table. Edwin brought his leadership skills to the Mitchell Wine Group to build the strongest midsized distributor in Oregon and be part
of the unique Mitchell culture. Edwin has an unbridled passion for wine and insists on a “wine first” mentality.
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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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Rob McMillan
Rob has the double designation of being named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in the US Wine Industry three times, and being the only banker bestowed with this award. A frequent media commentator, international conference speaker, lecturer at several West Coast universities and State of the Wine Industry Report author for over 20 years, Rob’s opinions are trusted by wine producers, importers and financiers. Starting in 1992, Rob developed Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division from concept to start-up phase, to where it’s now regarded as the leading provider of financial services to the fine wine business. Rob received a bachelor’s degree in Finance/economics from Sacramento State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.
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Richard Mendelson
Richard Mendelson is of counsel to the law firm of Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty in Napa, California, where he specializes in land use, alcohol beverage, and intellectual property law. He also directs the Program on Wine Law and Policy at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Richard is the author of "From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America," "Wine in America: Law and Policy," and "Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure." He received his BA from Harvard College, then studied at Oxford University, earned his MA at Magdalen College, and his JD at Stanford Law School in 1982.
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Christian Miller
Christian Miller has worked in industry and market research and brand and category management for over two decades. He is the proprietor and director of Full Glass Research, providing economic and market research for food and beverage producers. His Oregon projects have ranged from measuring the economic impact of the wine industry to analysis of individual wineries' sales and customers. Christian helped launch and continues to advise the Wine Opinions national consumer and trade panels. He holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Franklin & Marshall College and an M.B.A. from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management.
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Jason Moore
After working as a waiter in several of Dallas' finest restaurants and acquiring a love for all things wine, Jason followed his dream of becoming a winemaker in California. Through diligent self study and the utilization of winemaking mentors, Jason honed his craft in the garage of an elderly vineyard owner in Napa. In 2004 at the age of 26, he launched Modus Operandi Cellars with 200 cases of Napa Cabernet. He is currently the consulting winemaker for 5 small wine brands spanning Napa, Sonoma, Sierra Foothills, and the Agoura Hills of Malibu. HIs wines have had great success with Parker and Wine Spectator scores and reviews tightly grouping in the mid 90’s.
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Sydney Morgan
Sydney Morgan is a fourth year PhD candidate studying wine microbiology under Dr. Daniel Durall at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, Canada. Her research focuses on alternative fermentation techniques in modern commercial wineries, including uninoculated fermentations, the addition of low levels of sulfur dioxide, and the use of local vineyard yeasts as starter cultures for alcoholic fermentation. Her research has been published in International Journal of Food Microbiology and the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. Her research projects involve collaborations with commercial wineries in the Okanagan Valley and wine microbiology lab groups at the University of Adelaide.
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Russell Moss
Russell Moss is the vineyard management instructor at Chemeketa Community College and the Oregon field representative for Sunridge Nursery. Prior to this, he was the viticulturist for Domaine Serene - Chateau de la Cree. As a vineyard manager in New Zealand, his technical work on grape growing and winemaking has been published in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and South Africa. 2018 will see the release of his own ultra-premium wine brand paying homage to his family, Bocamo. Russell holds a bachelor of viticulture and enology from Lincoln University (New Zealand), a masters of horticulture (viticulture) and a masters of food science and technology (enology) from Virginia Tech.
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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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Meg Murray
Meg Murray is an exceptional connector and passionate community builder with 15 years of wine industry experience in distribution, DtC, industry associations, eCommerce, and digital and content marketing. Meg brings her experience to élevage consulting by providing confidential bulk wine brokering services and helping clients make, market, and move wine. Meg does sales and marketing for PROJECT M, and is also the founder of Nasty Woman Wines, a progressive wine producer donating 20% of its net profits to women's causes. Meg holds an International Studies degree from Portland State University and certificates in Wine Business Management and Wine Industry Finance & Accounting from Sonoma State University. She also earned her Wine Fundamentals I and II Certificate from the International Sommelier Guild.
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Merritt Olson
Merritt Olson is the general sales manager for Galaxy Wine Company, Oregon's leading fine wine distributor. Prior to her time at Galaxy, she spent ten years working on the supply side of a national wine importer and several prominent Northwest wineries. She has been with Galaxy since 2013, starting the role of American and Sake portfolio director before moving into her current position in 2015.
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James Osborne
James Osborne is as an Associate Professor in the Food Science and Technology Department at Oregon State University. He received his PhD from Washington State University in 2005 researching interactions between wine yeast and malolactic bacteria after which he spent time in his native New Zealand working at the University of Auckland and Delegat’s Winery. His current research focuses on the impact of wine microorganisms such as lactic acid bacteria, Brettanomyces, and non-Saccharomyces yeast on wine quality. James is the statewide enology extension specialist for
Oregon providing outreach programs for the Oregon wine industry. This includes the development of industry workshops and seminars to aid in the transfer of relevant research results to commercial application as well as technical workshops focused on various enology topics. In addition, James also teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in support of the enology and viticulture program at Oregon State University.
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Ken Pahlow
Ken Pahlow has been helping to make wine in Oregon for more than 23 years. His experience began in 1994 with production, sales and harvests at St. Innocent Winery, working under winemaker Mark Vlossak for 14 years. In 2009, Ken joined the harvest team at Patricia Green Cellars, where he also began producing the Walter Scott wines. In 2010, Ken accepted a position with Evening Land Vineyards to manage their Northwest sales and distribution, during which time he worked harvest and studied alongside winemaker Dominique Lafon. At the same time, Ken continued to expand his knowledge by representing world-class wine distributors. Starting in 1999 he began a 10-year stint with Vin de Garde and later worked for Galaxy Wine Company. These two portfolios represent many of the top wine estates from around the world, and provided a unique opportunity for Ken to educate his palate.
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Jeff Peterson
Dr. Jeff D. Peterson is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Linfield College. He is the Director of the Linfield Center for the Northwest, and started the Wine Studies Program at Linfield College. He is currently a Faculty Affiliate with the Linfield Center for Wine Studies.
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Wynne Peterson-Nedry
Second generation winemaker Wynne Peterson-Nedry has been at Chehalem literally from the beginning, as a 6-month-old in arms as her parents signed on the property that would become Ridgecrest Vineyards, in what is now known as the Ribbon Ridge AVA. Wynne followed in the footsteps of her father Harry by earning a chemistry degree from Bryn Mawr College in 2002, after which she went on to experience several careers before follwing her heart back to Oregon's wine country. She graduated with a master's degree from UC Davis’ Viticulture & Enology program in 2008 and went on to work vintages all over the world, including New Zealand, California and Burgundy. She officially joined the Chehalem family as assistant winemaker in June of 2009, and in early 2012 became Chehalem’s head winemaker.
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Gaironn Poole
Gaironn has always felt at home in the wine world, which began in Texas. Now, with 15 years of experience in the Oregon wine industry, Gaironn has worked in most all aspects of the business. She loves to examine the challenges and goals of the industry from the perspective of retail buyer, sommelier, wholesaler and winery proprietor.
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Steve Price
Steve owns Price Research Services, Inc., a consulting firm offering technical support for the wine industries of Oregon, California and Australia. He is an Oregon resident with a vineyard in the Willamette Valley growing Pinot noir. Steve has developed the phenolic assays offered by ETS Laboratories, works with client support for the phenolic program and leads a range of ETS research projects. He has a PhD from Oregon State University in Plant Physiology and was Viticulturist at OSU for twelve years. He has been consulting with ETS since 1995.
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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) and she has been instrumental in transitioning 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 an expanded winemaking campus. In 2014, Amy led the company's efforts to gain certification as a B Corporation, reflecting a commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability. Amy 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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Jay Pscheidt
Jay W. Pscheidt received his PhD in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. Since 1988 he has been a professor at Oregon State University, and extension plant pathology specialist. His principal duties are to lead a statewide extension program related to the diagnosis and management of diseases of all fruit, nut and ornamental/nursery crops. He is also co-editor of regional publication The Pacific Northwest Plant Disease Management Handbook.
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Brian Renney
Brian Renney is a 32 year wine industry veteran. He currently serves as General Manager of Young’s Market Company of Oregon. He has worked with Young’s for the last 25 years in various states and various positions including SVP of Portfolio management and SVP of Trade Marketing. He was an active member of the Washington Independent Food Association, serving on the board for two years before relocation to Oregon last September.
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Emma Rice
A double magnum of 1979 Krug Brut Champagne served at an event first piqued Emma Rice’s interest in wine, while she worked part-time at the White Horse Inn, Chilgrove UK, during her college years. Emma subsequently worked for Oddbins, then Domaine Direct, a Burgundy importer and merchant in London. This was followed by three years as editor of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. Today, Emma’s role as Head Winemaker at Hattingley Valley is varied, including overseeing the development of estate and partner vineyards. Emma is the first female winemaker to have been twice-awarded the UKVA Winemaker of the Year trophy, in 2014 and again in 2016.
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Chris Riendeau
Christopher Riendeau is a wine portfolio specialist with Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of New England. A hosptiality industry veteran for over 25 years, Christopher successfully completed two levels of study at Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop Program and achieved the designation of Certified Sommelier. A native of New Hampshire, Christopher possesses a unique perspective and understanding of Control State operations, best practices for building strong and prosperous distributor partnerships, and working within these ever-evolving regulated landscapes.
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Tanya Riesbeck
Tanya Riesbeck is LibDib’s Director of Maker Experience. She ensures that (wine)Makers are familiar with the LibDib model, especially when it comes to the quality and breadth of content, responsiveness to inquiries and orders, and fulfillment techniques. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Buffalo.
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Mike Roth
Mike Roth started Lo-Fi wines quietly while he was working at Martian Ranch and Vineyard in Santa Barbara County. One harvest at Martian offered Roth the opportunity to work with some left over fruit. He wasn’t planning anything serious or long-term, just a glou-glou wine for himself and friends. The project continued with the partnership of Craig Winchester (assistant winemaker at Martian Ranch then) and a few harvests went
by with the two making more and more to the point that they had a small inventory of wines. Mike Roth and Craig Winchester officially launched Lo-Fi Wines in 2014 as a high-priority passion project and business while maintaining their winemaking “day jobs.” Today, the wines of Lo-Fi are vibrant and fun. They are leading the way for a new generation of California winemakers that aren’t seeking points or collectors, but getting back to the roots of what make wine exciting and enjoyable.
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Amanda Schark
Fueled by her passion for wine, Amanda started her career in 2001 as a wine buyer for Whole Foods Market. While there, she curated thousands of wines, pivoting from brands to collector items to terroir-driven, small-production items. In 2011, Amanda became the sales director for Charles River Wine Company, a fine-wine import and distribution business in Massachusetts and quickly learned the intricacies of sales and account management. In 2015, Amanda joined forces with Skurnik Wines, a New York-based company at the pinnacle of fine-wine sales in the United States. Amanda now sells to and educates distributors, sommeliers, and top retail accounts in several markets with Skurnik’s comprehensive portfolio.
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Briana Seeley
Briana Seeley was born and raised in the restaurant business. Life in restaurants spurred a passion for wine from a young age. After receiving a degree in Business Marketing at Southern Oregon University she was anxious to get into the wine industry. A year of travel and studying lead her to a position at Young’s Market Co. Over the last 10 years she has held many positions at Young’s in both on and off premise, today she is Vice President of The Estates Group, Young’s fine wine division of Oregon.
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Annie Shull
Annie's background in curriculum development for sales teams has proven to be a great segue to the role of distribution sales management and PR for Raptor Ridge Winery. The bulk of her time is now spent traveling extensively throughout the U.S. representing Raptor Ridge. Annie is president emeritus of Oregon Pinot Camp, and served as a director for nine years, contributing to review and revision of curriculum. Annie also served on the iSalud! steering committee, and currently chairs the Industry/Community Collaboration subcommittee for the Willamette Valley Wineries Association.
Alison Sokol Blosser
Alison Sokol Blosser is CEO and co-president of Sokol Blosser Winery. The daughter of founders Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill Blosser, Alison leads the business with her brother, Alex, where she guides the strategic future of the business while directly overseeing marketing, sales and administrative functions, including accounting, finance and human resources. Alison carries the torch in Sokol Blosser Winery’s sustainability efforts and commitment to social responsibility, recently overseeing the achievement of the winery’s B Corp certification. She earned her MBA at the University of Washington, and in 2004, she returned to Sokol Blosser and assumed the role of director of marketing. Alison is past president of Oregon Pinot Camp, as well as a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization’s Oregon Chapter and Women for Winesense. She is a member of the marketing committee for the Oregon Wine Board, and is a founding board member of the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association.
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Chad Stock
After completing an apprenticeship in 2006 for Rudd Winery in Oakville, CA, Chad Stock moved north to Oregon to join the team at Antica Terra in the Eola-Amity Hills, to help redesign and launch the new company. In 2011 with his own wine label “Minimus”, Chad began exploring viticulture and wine production theory across the state of Oregon, leading him to become a sought-after advisor and consultant for minimal intervention winemaking, alternative grape cultivars, and technical education for rare wine styles. In 2016 Chad founded Craft Wine Co. in Carlton, OR where he co-owns and produces the Minimus, Omero Cellars, and Origin wine projects, followed by co-founding Constant Crush Advisors, an international consultancy specializing in vineyard development, wine production, product development, packaging, and global product placement. Chad earned top honors and the University Academic Achievement Award, as well as his bachelor’s degree in Enology from California State University, Fresno.
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Jeff Stone
Jeff Stone is the executive director and CEO of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, where he has overall supervisory responsibility for staff, budget and serves as lead spokesperson for the association’s 900 members. Prior to this role, he served as the association’s director of government relations where he was responsible for the association’s state and federal affairs program. Jeff's public sector experience includes serving eight years as the Chief of Staff to the Metro Council and eight years working for Senator Bob Packwood (R-Oregon). A graduate of University of Oregon, he serves as a President of the Board of Directors of the Nursery and Landscape Association Executives (NLAE). He also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Society of Association Management (OSAM) and was nominated and confirmed to the Board of Directors of the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF) and serves as its Vice Chair.
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Rob Stuart
Rob Stuart has a degree in biochemistry from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in New York, and a short but eye-opening career in the labs at Baylor University in Texas, Rob Stuart started his winemaking journey on the bottling line at Hans Kornell in Napa, California. From there he went on to work in the cellar at Valley View Vineyards and then on to Staton Hills in Yakima, Washington where he made wine for ten years. Rob returned to Oregon in 1994 when he became the winemaker at Erath Vineyards, his home away from home until he started R. Stuart & Co. in 2002. Now he makes the wines he loves: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and sparkling wine. Life is good.
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Eric Texier
Growing up in Bordeaux, Eric moved to Lyon to study material engineering where he discovered the wines from Beaujolais, Maconnais, Jura, Northern and southern Rhone. After 10 years working as an engineer for the nuclear industry, he went back to school in Bordeaux in 1993 to study enology and viticulture, and did an internship in Burgundy with JM Guffens and other minimalist winemakers, and organic growers. He began to make wines from the northern Rhone in 1998, and quit his engineer job in 1999 to be a full time winemaker. He now grows 25 acres of vines organically in Ardèche and Drome, mostly Syrah and Roussanne, with virutally no till soil management and no additives since 2003. He consults for a number of European organic estates that want to move to low intervention winemaking, since 2012.
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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 both undergraduate and wine MBA programs. She is an award-winning author who has published over 130 articles and eight 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. Liz obtained the distinction of Master of Wine (MW) in May of 2011, and she serves as a wine judge and on a number of non-profit wine boards.
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Jason Tosch
A native of Oregon’s Tualatin Valley, Jason has made his career farming premium quality winegrapes in the Willamette Valley, and he oversees more than 200 acres of vines for the Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills AVA. Jason serves on the Oregon Wine Standing Committee for Research and since 2006 has served as a board member, past chairperson and technical chair for LIVE, the leading Northwest sustainable wine production certification program. Jason earned his degree in horticulture from Oregon State University focusing on small fruits and berries, and his level of involvement led his alma mater to honor him with the College of Agricultural Sciences Luminary Award for early professional accomplishment in 2010. In 2016 the OWB presented Jason with the Outstanding Industry Service Award.
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Chris Towt
Chris Towt founded VineSpring in 2011 with a mission to simplify the DTC equation for craft producers of wine, aiming for more satisfied customers through better management of DTC relationships. VineSpring brings together powerful cloud-based tools into one web interface. Chris also owns Dunstan Wines, a winery in Sonoma, California producing about 1,200 cases per year.
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Chris Tanghe
Chris Tanghe MS was first exposed to wine as a part of the Culinary Institute of America curriculum. On the month of his 21st birthday, he took the introductory class with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Following completion of his degree at CIA and certificate with the Court, Chris continued to cook until he passed the Master Sommelier exam in
May of 2013. He’s had the opportunity to work with a number of the best restaurants in the Pacific Northwest including The Herbfarm, Crush, Matt’s in the Market, Canlis, RN74 and Aragona. Chris is currently the Chief Instructor at GuildSomm and was named 2017 Wine Enthusiast’s 2017 Wine Star Award for Sommelier of the Year.
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Tony Viramontes
Tony has long been a caretaker of the land, growing up on his family’s farm in Zacatecas in north central Mexico, where he helped his father plant peanuts, corn, tomatoes and beans. Armed with his first vineyard job in 1989, he moved to Sonoma County and began working for Gallo. In 1998, he joined Jackson Family Wines and was quickly promoted to vineyard manager. He became vineyard director for Alexander Mountain Estate in 2005, and was named director of operations, North Coast, in 2010 where he is now VP of Vineyard Operations. Always seeking innovative techniques in the vineyard, Tony created the Viramontes Triple Curtain trellis system, which resulted in a strong yield that maintained good quality, excellent Brix, pH and TA.
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Luke Wohlers
Luke began his career in restaurants in Illinois in 1996, then Boston at Upstairs on the Square, Formaggio Kitchen, Lower Falls Wine Company and in Seattle at The Herbfarm and RN74. In 2008 he was part of the wine team that earned Eleven Madison Park the James Beard Award for "Outstanding Wine Service" and in 2013 returned to New York City to create the wine program for Betony. He earned a diploma from the Wine, Spirit & Education Trust and is certified as an Advanced Sommelier.
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Michelle Woodard
As Grants Manager, Michelle Woodard administers and monitor’s Travel Oregon’s competitive and matching grants programs. A native Oregonian, Michelle enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring the state with her husband and two sons. She’s continually amazed by the fact that she can cut her own Christmas tree, pick her own berries and sample some of the world’s best wine all within minutes of her home.