Speakers


leaf image Douglas O. Adams is an Associate Professor & Associate Biochemist in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. Dr. Adams' research program focuses on grape berry ripening. He has concentrated his efforts in two principal areas: the biochemical changes that occur during ripening, and the development of tannins in skins and seeds of red wine varieties. The latter leads naturally into research related to the level of tannins in wines, and Dr. Adams has pursued that topic with Food Science masters students whose primary interest is in winemaking. His most recent work on tannin development during ripening has led to a convenient assay for the analysis of tannins and polymeric pigments in grapes and wines.

leaf image John Buechsenstein has been a winemaker for many years and was the maker of award winning wines at Fife Vineyards. He is currently winemaker and general manager for Sauvignon Republic. John teaches regularly in the wine program of the Culinary Institute of America-Greystone in the Napa Valley and at UC Davis Extension

leaf image Alan Campbell wears several hats in the Oregon vineyard industry. As Executive Director of OVID, the Oregon Vineyard Database, he has helped create an online service (www.ovd.us) that Oregon's vineyard owners, managers, and winemakers use to share information on Oregon’s terroir: its vineyard sites, soils, plantings, and management practices. As owner of NW Vineyards (www.nwvineyards.com), he uses GIS tools to characterize Oregon vineyard lands and to provide site analysis, vineyard maps, and management services to the industry. As instructor at the Northwest Viticulture Center, he teaches courses on vineyard soils, nutrition, and physiology, and works with USDA and USGS scientists to understand Oregon’s vineyard geology and soils. With bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees in turn from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the University of California at Davis, Alan’s academic research has focused on soil organic matter, root growth, water stress, and regulation of fruit ripening.

leaf image Alan Busacca is professor of geology and soil science at Washington State University. He has 30 years of experience researching the linkages between ice-age geologic history, soils, and agricultural practices in the Pacific Northwest U.S., California, and Italy. More recently he has turned his attention toward the terroirs of wine grapes in the Pacific Northwest.

leaf image Alain Carbonneau is professor of viticulture at Agro Montpellier in France. His research focuses on vine and grape physiology, and he also supervised the training program in viticulture and oenology. In the 1980s he developed the Lyre pruning system, which significantly improved canopy microclimate.

leaf image Rebecca Chapa, is a Certified Wine Educator and holds the Diploma Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in London. As Estate Ambassador for Rubicon Estate Winery she positions their estate brands in top restaurants around the United States and develops programming for leading industry professionals. Chapa is an adjunct instructor at the Culinary Institute of America's Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies where she created a curriculum for a course called "Tasting Terroir". In addition Chapa has had extensive experience in the restaurant field and is also a freelance writer and international wine judge.

leaf image Maurizio Gily is a consultant viticulturist and a wine-writer based in Vignale Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy. He has been working for several years as chief executive of the technical services and applied research programs of Vignaioli Piemontesi, the biggest winegrowers organization in Italy. During that period he was involved in several "terroir zoning" research programs. Since 2002 he has been working as a free lance consultant in different regions of Italy and had some studying and working experiences in the New World. He is editor of the "Vignaioli Piemontesi" monthly magazine and collaborator of, among others, "Australian Viticulture" magazine.

leaf image John Gladstones was formerly Senior Lecturer in Agronomy, University of Western Australia, and later principal plant breeder, Western Australia Department of Agriculture, his major research areas being the botany, agronomy and breeding of crop and pasture legumes. A personal interest in the soil and climate ecology of grapevines led to publications in the mid 1960s that resulted in the pioneering of Margaret River, Western Australia, for viticulture. Later publications include the text Viticulture and Environment (Winetitles, Adelaide, 1992) and extensive contributions to the Oxford Companion to Wine.

leaf image Randall Grahm, who like Columbus sought a trade route to Asia, set sail in 1979 for the Great American Pinot Noir.  Randall was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and attended University of California at Santa Cruz where he was permanent Liberal Arts major.  Subsequently he returned to the UC system and completed a degree in Plant Sciences in 1979 at Davis, where owing to his single-minded obsession with pinot noir he was regarded as a bit of a holy terroir in the hallowed halls of the sober and sedate Department of Viticulture and Enology.  With his family's assistance, Randall purchased property in a quaint area known as Bonny Doon intent on producing the Great American Pinot Noir.  In 1986 Bonny Doon Vineyard released the inaugural vintage (1984) of Le Cigare Volant, an homage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  As symptoms of his chronic Weinderlust began manifesting more forcefully in the late 1980's, Mr. Grahm felt compelled to cast his net further a field.  Bonny Doon's Ca' del Solo vineyard in Monterey County, planted just out of searchlight's reach of the state pen in Soledad, has been planted to an ever expanding roster of Italianate varieties such as nebbiolo, barbera, pinot grigio, dolcetto and freisa.  One would not be hard pressed to imagine that this list will grow and there are, in fact, plans afoot to plant aglianico, montepulciano, ciliegiolo, sagrantino and other southern Italian varieties too numerous to mention in warmer climes elsewhere in the state.  An incorrigible omniferm, Mr. Grahm has since decided that the world is his vineyard and throughout the year you might espy him at one of his many projects in, France, southern Italy, or Germany where he has been known to indulge in the occasional riesling jag.  In 1989, Randall was indicted into the Who's Who of Cooking in America by Cook's Magazine for "lifetime achievement and leadership in the improvement and development of American cuisine."  He was nominated for Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year by the James Beard Foundation in 1990 and 1993.  Randall unaccountably landed the Bon Appétit Magazine 1999 Wine & Spirits Professional of the Year award.  Mr. Grahm lectures frequently to wine societies and to technical groups and occasionally contributes quixotically sincere articles to wine journals.  Randall Grahm is a vitizen of the world, a champion of the strange and the heterodox, of the ugly duckling grape varietals whose very existence is threatened by the Chardocentric paradigms.  He lives in Santa Cruz with his muse Chinshu, their daughter Amélie and his thesaurus.

leaf image Jean-Xavier Guinard is professor of sensory science in the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis. His research activities focus on the sensory properties of foods and beverages, how humans perceive them, and how they affect food intake and consumer behavior.

leaf image James Halliday has authored and co-authored many books on wine, including the Wine Atlas of California and the Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand. He co-founded Brokenwood winery and founded Coldstream Hills winery in Australia.

leaf image Dirk Hampson is president and director of winemaking at Oakville’s Nickel & Nickel winery, a specialist in producing 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard wines, and sister wineries Far Niente and Dolce.  An Oregon native and enology graduate from the University of California, Davis, Hampson honed his craft at some of Europe’s greatest properties, including the Rheingau estate of Schloss Vollrads in Germany, the Nuits St. Georges negociant firm of Labouré Roi and the Bordeaux First Growth Chateau Mouton Rothschild, where he was the first American to apprentice with the winemaking staff.  Hampson joined Far Niente in 1982, and, in conjunction with his partners Gil Nickel and Larry Maguire, went on to launch Dolce, America’s only winery dedicated to producing a single late harvest wine, in 1992, and introduce Nickel & Nickel in 1997.  Throughout his career, Hampson has had the opportunity to study the subtleties of terroir and make wine from some of the world’s greatest vineyards. 

leaf imageGenevieve Janssens is the Director of Winemaking at the Robert Mondavi Winery.  She received a National Diploma of Enology from the University of Bordeaux, France.  During her years in France she owned and operated her own enology laboratory in Provence and was a consulting enologist to many French chateaux in the mid-seventies.  She moved to the United States in 1978, and worked at Robert Mondavi Winery and held various consulting positions throughout the next decade.  In 1989, she became the Director of Production at Opus One.  In 1997 she joined Robert Mondavi Winery. (93 words).

leaf image Gregory V. Jones is an associate professor and research climatologist in the Geography Department at Southern Oregon University who specializes in the study of how climate variability and change impact natural ecosystems and agriculture. He holds a BA and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in the Atmospheric Sciences. His research interests include climatology, hydrology, and agriculture; phenology of plant systems; biosphere and atmosphere interactions; climate change; and quantitative methods in spatial and temporal analysis. His dissertation was on the climatology of viticulture in Bordeaux, France with a focus on the spatial differences in grapevine phenology, grape composition and yield, and the resulting wine quality.

leaf image Ilze Jones is founding principal of Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects in Seattle, Washington. In her work, she combines ecological-based analysis, a clear understanding of cultures, and sensitivity and accommodation to nature and humans together.

leaf image Karen MacNeil is author of The Wine Bible, and her articles on food and wine have appeared in over 50 magazines and newspapers. Currently she is chairperson of the Wine Department at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley. She is also the co-owner of Fife Vineyards in Napa Valley.

leaf image Mark Matthews is a professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. He is an environmental plant biologist interested in the interaction between plants and their physico-chemical environment. He views the grapevine as an experimental system and tries to understand how vines use water and nutrients, with the goal of improving yield and quality.

leaf image Patrick McGovern is a Senior Research Scientist and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has pioneered the emerging field of Molecular Archaeology, especially as applied to viniculture. His book on Ancient Wine is a new synthesis of archaeological, historical, and scientific data for its beginnings in the Middle East. His current research focuses on this ancient "world center" of the domesticated Eurasian grape, with the goal of unlocking more fully its genetic and social potential.

leaf image Larry Meinert is a professor of Geology at Smith College in Massachusetts after 22 years on the faculty at Washington State University where in addition to conducting research on terroir he operated a small home winery, specializing in barrel-fermented Cabernet Sauvignon from select Washington vineyards. His teaching and research covers a wide range of fields from exploring for gold mines to liquid gold in bottled form - fine wine.  He has published articles on the physical factors affecting vineyard siting and performance in Italy, New York, and Washington State plus ongoing research projects on the terroir of Argentina and Colorado.  He is editor of the international scientific journal Mineralium Deposita as well as co-editor of the newest book on terroir: Great Wine – The Geoscience Perspective, to be published by the Geological Association of Canada.

leaf image Warren Moran is Professor Emeritus of geography at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and visiting professor at the Universities of Burgundy and Bordeaux 3. He has researched and written extensively on the wine industries of New Zealand, France, and other countries. He also studies regional processes and policies, rural production and consumption systems, and place as intellectual property.

leaf image Yerko Moreno is Director of the Grape & Wine Technology Center at the University of Talca, Chile. He has developed research related to viticultural practices and its effects on wine quality. He has also served as viticultural consultant assisting wine companies in topics related to site selection and vineyard design and management. In recent years he has been a strong promoter in Chile of detailed soil mapping and vineyard characterization as integrated tools for use in terroir studies.

leaf image Burke Owens is Associate Director of Wine at COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts in Napa, California. Raised in New England, Burke's lifelong passion for fine food and wine eventually led him to Northern California. Here he found his vocation in wine service and education as Sommelier at Masa's in San Francisco, Oliveto's in Berkeley and Manka's Inverness Lodge on Tomales Bay. In between Masa's and COPIA, Owens was the North American Wine Critic for Wine & Spirits Magazine; Director of Fine and Rare Wines for Butterfields Auction House in Los Angeles; an importer and distributor of rare Australian, French and Georgian wine; as well as the final Wine Merchant left standing at Wine.com. He appears to be maturing nicely, while developing a unique bouquet with his wife and two teenage children in Napa Valley.

leaf image Philippe Pessereau is the Director of Vineyard Operations at Joseph Phelps Vineyards where he has been working since 1998.  Aside from directing the viticulture program, Philippe spearheaded and now oversees the company’s biodynamic project.  He has a BS in Plant Biology and a Master’s in Viticulture, both from UC Davis.  Prior to moving to California in 1988, Philippe studied viticulture and oenology at La Tour Blanche in Sauternes.  He is a native of the Loire Valley in France.

leaf image John Reganold is a professor of soil science at Washington State University, where he teaches and conducts research in soil science, sustainable agriculture, and farming systems. He has researched the effects of biodynamic, conventional, integrated, and organic farming systems on soil quality, crop performance, farm profitability, and environmental impact in Washington, California, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

leaf image Raymond L. Reyes is the Vice President of Vineyard Operations for Icon Estates Wines.  Raymond directs all vitcutural activities for producing vineyards and coordinates all vineyard redevelopment projects throughout the state of California.  Raymond works with Franciscan Estates, Mount Veeder Winery, Simi Winery, Estancia Winery and Robert Mondavi Winery, including the famed To Kalon estate.  Raymond brings 23 years of experience to his position with Icon.

leaf image Andy Reynolds is Professor of Viticulture at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, and holds joint appointments as professor in Biological Sciences and in Chemistry at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. He is widely recognized for his research on the effects of terroir and viticultural practices on vine physiology and on the sensory characteristics of grapes and wine.

leaf image Paul Skinner obtained his Ph.D. in Soil Science with a specialization in vine nutrition from UC Davis in 1988. He founded his consulting business, Vineyard Investigations, in 1989 and has worked with many different vineyards and wineries in California, Oregon, and New York to improve viticultural practices associated with specific production and wine quality goals. Paul later founded Terra Spase, Inc. in 1994 to assist the wine and grape growing industries with new technologies and software for monitoring and mapping soil, vine and weather variables. Terra Spase is now utilizing a newly developed SISTM soil information system to produce state-of-the art soil and terroir studies for new and existing vineyards. Paul also produces small lots of ultra premium, specific soil based Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel wines under his Sequum label.

leaf image Richard Smart is a viticultural consultant who has also served as dean of the Faculty of Oenology at Roseworthy College in South Australia and as Government Viticultural Scientist in New Zealand. He has authored or co-authored over 200 publications, including Sunlight into Wine which is regarded as the standard reference on canopy management.

leaf image Jonathan Swinchatt is co-author of "The Winemaker's Dance: Exploring Terroir in the Napa Valley." He has been interested in geology and wine since producing the video "EarthNectar" in 1990. Lately, he has been working with vineyard owners to understand their properties from a geologic perspective.

leaf image Kees van Leeuwen is head of the Laboratory of Vine Ecophysiology at Bordeaux Agricultural University and is viticulturalist for Cheval Blanc. He has directed the detailed soil mapping of numerous vineyards and is the author of over 40 publications on various aspects of terroir.

leaf image Graham Weertz joined Stonestreet in May, 2004 fresh from Cape Town, South Africa, where he was working as head winemaker at Bellingham Winery. Graham is a native of Newlands, Cape Town. A family background in farming, and his love of food and wine, led Graham to pursue a career in the wine industry. Graham has a degree in Wine Science, Viticulture and Pomology at Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellbosch. Graham’s wine background spreads across a number of continents. He has worked at Chateau de Terrefort-Quancard in Bordeaux, Vérité Winery in the Alexander Valley and also as winemaker at Diemersdal Estate and Devon Hill Winery in South Africa.

leaf image Alan York has over 30 years of experience farming tree fruit and wine grapes using biodynamic principles. He runs the biodynamic viticulture program for Benziger Family Winery in Sonoma County, California and several other premium wineries in California, New York, Oregon, and Chile.

leaf imageLowell Zelinski, Ph.D. has worked in the agriculture industry of California and the United States for 25 years. He earned his doctorate degree in soil science and his bachelor’s degree in soil and water science from the University of California, Davis and holds a master’s degree in general ag science from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Dr. Zelinski began his career as a farm advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Fresno County specializing in soil and water management and cotton production. His areas of specialization include soil-plant-water relations and crop physiology. He currently owns his own business: Precision Ag, Inc. located in Paso Robles and offers production consulting services in California and internationally.



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