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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. Lesley has served on the board of 10 wine-related companies and trade associations and serves as co-chair of the Wine Industry Technology Symposium. In 2008, she co-founded the WISE Academy. In 2014 she co-founded SOLVE Services, which provides financial analysis, planning and decision support services for wineries. Today, she spends most of her time coaching winery leaders through growth-related challenges and opportunities. Beyond wine, Lesley is a member of the World Presidents Organization and serves on its Pacific Region Board as well as the YPO-WPO International Forum Committee. 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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Jim Blumling
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Danny Brager
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Carlos Castañeda
Carlos Castañeda owns and operates La Alianza on the Central Coast of California, a region rich in irrigated agriculture, including row crops and premium wine grapes. La Alianza employs farm workers for maintenance and harvest in vegetable, nursery, vineyard and tree crop industries. Carlos served as president of the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau and is an alumni member of the California Ag Leadership Class 36. He is a past chair of the California Farm Bureau Federation Labor Committee and is currently serving as vice chair. He also chaired the Agricultural Labor Working Group and was appointed by Congresswoman Lois Capps (D- Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo) to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 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 has participated in a nationwide network of labor and agriculture in implementing the H-2A temporary non-immigrant workers act. The program authorizes lawful admission of temporary labor to perform seasonal agricultural or other services. He believes strongly that it is his duty to the community to provide steady work for several hundred families, “so they can keep food on their tables.” His well-rounded contributions were acknowledged when he was honored by The Tribune of San Luis Obispo as one of its 2008, “Top 20 under 40,” recipients. Carlos lives on the same property where he was raised in South San Luis Obispo County.
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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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Randy Ford
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Matt Franklin
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Gill Geise
Gill Geise is an extension viticulture specialist and assistant professor at New Mexico State University, working in viticulture and enology research since 1995. Gill worked on vineyard mechanization and berry composition in juice and wine grapes at the University of Arkansas, and from 2001 to 2012, he served as the viticulture instructor at Surry Community College, in Dobson, NC. 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
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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. Hanni was dubbed “the wine anti-snob” by the Wall Street Journal for his pioneering work in eliminating wine myths and misunderstandings about wine, so wine consumers may have a stronger voice and easier means to enjoy the wines they love. At the heart of this crusade is a quest to find the fundamental elements that shape our taste preferences, and to understand, embrace, and cultivate the interest of all wine consumers--not just a select few. One of the first two Americans to earn the title of Master of Wine, Tim is also a professionally trained chef, and international consultant to the wine industry. 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. A former “guru” of wine and food pairing, Hanni now promotes his principles of flavor balancing and a movement to pairing wines to the diner, not the dinner. These principles have been adopted by countless great chefs and are part of the curriculum of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. Hanni continues to research understanding the physiology and neuroscience that determine consumer beverage preferences and buying behavior, engineered in cooperation with noted Cornell University researcher Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace MD. Based on this research, he has formed eCode.me, LLC and the wine consumer profiling technology myVinotype.com, 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. Jim has organized symposiums, workshops and seminars throughout California and Washington.
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Eric Herve
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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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Belinda Kemp
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Jeff Knapp
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Jon Krauss
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Dr. Andrew Landers
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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
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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
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Jason Moore
Sydney Morgan
Sydney Morgan is a PhD Student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She completed her Bachelors Science with Honors in microbiology from UBC Okanagan in 2014. Her research focuses on identifying the yeasts conducting spontaneous fermentations of different grape varietals at multiple wineries. The findings of her current research demonstrate that different concentrations of sulfur dioxide addition at crush result in different Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain compositions during fermentation. Her research also supports the findings of the Durall lab that commercial strains dominate spontaneous fermentations at commercial wineries, regardless of the concentration of sulfur dioxide added. Sydney’s research is supported by UBC, the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV).
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Russell Moss
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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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Ken Pahlow
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Wynne Peterson-Nedry
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Steve Price
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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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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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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. Her love of the wine industry firmly cemented, Emma subsequently worked for Oddbins, and then Domaine Direct, a Burgundy importer and merchant in London. This was followed by three years as editor of the highly regarded Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. At the age of 29, already armed with substantial wine knowledge and experience, Emma decided to study viticulture and enology at Plumpton College, while continuing to work as a freelance wine editor, in various independent wine retail shops in Brighton, and also at Nyetimber Vineyard under its former owner. After graduating she went to Napa Valley in California for the harvest and ended up staying nearly two years as oenologist and laboratory manager. Following this she did a cool climate vintage at Tamar Ridge in Tasmania before moving back to the UK and setting up Custom Crush UK Ltd – a wine analysis laboratory and consultancy, through which she met Simon Robinson as he was setting up Hattingley Valley. Today, Emma’s role as Head Winemaker at Hattingley Valley is varied, including overseeing the development of estate and partner vineyards. As a director of Hattingley she is involved in all major decisions for the running of the business. 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
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Mike Roth
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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 feels a deep connection to the family vineyard and winery. Leading the business with her brother, Alex, she collaborates to guide 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, most recently overseeing the notable achievement of the Winery’s B Corp certification.

In addition to earning an MBA at the University of Washington, Alison spent three years working in public relations and marketing communications. Her experience spanned startups to consumer branding giants, such as Nike and Nordstrom. In 2004, she returned to Sokol Blosser and assumed the role of director of marketing. Then, in 2008, she and Alex were named Co-Presidents and completed the transition of the family winery to the next generation.

Alison is involved in the Oregon wine industry as a board member and 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
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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 activities of one of the largest nursery sectors in the state. Jeff also 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. The nursery and greenhouse industry is the state’s largest agricultural sector, and is ranked third largest nursery state in the nation, with over $909 million in sales annually to customers in Oregon, the rest of the United States, and abroad. Nearly 75% of the nursery stock grown in Oregon leaves its borders, with over half reaching markets east of the Mississippi River. Jeff has been at the OAN since December 2005, and his public sector experience includes serving eight years as the Chief of Staff to the Metro Council and prior to that worked for eight years for United States Senator Bob Packwood (R-Oregon). Currently, 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. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon.
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Eric Texier
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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.
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Jason Tosch
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Chris Towt
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Chris Tanghe
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Tony Viramontes
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