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Vinny started making wine as a teenager with his relatives. After college an opportunity to pursue commercial winemaking on his native Long Island was presented and from 1997 to 1999, he apprenticed under winemaker Roman Roth at Wolffer Estate, producing mostly chardonnay and merlot. In 2000, Vinny began work at the legendary Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, where he was first exposed to riesling production. He joined the start-up Atwater Estate Vineyards in 2001, where he continues today heading up winemaking operations for over 15 varieties. Its 8,000 case facility produces estate grown wines, including multiple rieslings, gewurztraminer, blaufränkisch and cabernet franc. Vinny and his wife started their own label, Billsboro Winery, in Geneva, NY in 2007 which specializes in producing small lots dry vinifera wines, including sauvignon blanc, albariño, syrah, and pinot noir.


With an education in the Fine Arts and an incarnation as a casting director for a fashion photographer in New York City, it was only natural that Peter would end up becoming a winemaker in the Finger Lakes. A chance encounter with winemaker Johannes Reinhardt in the spring of 2006 led to an invitation to work the harvest in the fall. He just wanted to work as hard as he could, learn as much as he could, and in the end, make them want him. He never left. Eleven years later, Peter crafts Anthony Road Wine Company’s distinctive wines, collaborates on Tierce Riesling, and makes a riesling for the New York Yankees.


Peter, a Canadian native, has been winemaker at Fox Run Vineyards since 1995. He holds degrees in Enology from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia and in Anthropology from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He worked as a winemaker in Australia and New Zealand before coming to the Finger Lakes region of New York in 1990 to take a job as head winemaker at Dr. Frank’s. Peter was also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University for many years. He consults with a number of wineries in the eastern U.S. and lectures to wine industry professionals throughout the world.

Account Manager

Jonathan is the Account Manager for Amcor Flexibles, a global leader in responsible packaging solutions including the Stelvin® closure, the original screw cap for wine. He has been representing Amcor since 2010 within various roles such as production manager, continuous improvement manager, quality improvement manager and technical field specialist. He is a French Canadian citizen based in the heart of Quebec from the city of Montréal. He currently holds the responsibility of supplying closures to the East coast across Canada and the U.S within the wine & spirits industry. His technical background will prove itself as an asset to the EWE.  


Tim is a native of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York who grew up around his grandfather’s vineyards. His early formal training was in the field of music but other than an inspired period as a travelling musician, he brought the creative sensibilities of a musician back to the craft of winemaking. In 2017 he celebrates 22 years as a head winemaker with 37 years total experience in the grape and wine industry. Throughout his career, Tim has crafted many award-winning wines from vinifera, hybrid, and native varieties, specializing in dessert wines like port, sherry, late harvest and ice wines. In recent years he has expanded his portfolio to include flavored wines and hard cider. Tim is an experienced project and production manager and has judged wines in several international competitions.

Co-Owner and President

As a former dance educator, community theater director and bank marketing director, Tamara’s expertise, experience and passion are for all things creative. For Tamara, owning and marketing a winery has been a wonderfully creative and fulfilling experience and far more fun than marketing money! She and her husband purchased Carlos Creek Winery in 2008 and have grown production from 3000 to 15,000 cases, quadrupled revenue, and increased profits over 500%. They are committed to the concept of a for-profit winery. Located on 160 acres in the Alexandria Lakes Area Viticulture Area of Minnesota, they produce still and sparkling wines and have earned over 250 medals at international competitions. Their best-selling and most awarded wines are from the Minnesota Nice Series, which include Hot Dish Red, Wobegon White and You Betcha Blushs and are served in 187ml plastic bottles at the Excel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild. Tamara also serves on the Executive Board for the Minnesota Farm Winery Association.


Howard has been a winemaker, winery designer and grape grower for over 30 years, during which time his wines have earned more than 400 medals in national and international competitions. He has contributed to winery designs on three continents. His last two design projects were in New Hampshire and Mexico. Former president of the New England Wine Council, he is currently winemaker at Sharpe Hill Vineyard, in Pomfret, CT. Howard is on the Advisory Council to the USDA’s Northern Grapes Project and in 2015, produced experimental wines at Sharpe Hill for Cornell University’s Enology program. In 2015, Howard produced experimental wines at Sharpe Hill, for Cornell University’s Enology program. He can be reached through his consulting website at

Winemaking Consultant

Richard has returned to his roots: consulting with wineries to help them learn how to make wine or to improve their wine quality. Tamanend Wine Inc. is a wine consulting and services company with consulting clients located primarily in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. Tamanend Wine Consulting, which comprises the majority of the business, operates a wine laboratory for the analysis and review of wines for all wineries and cideries. Tamanend Wine Services, provides wine production services for crossflow filtration and cold biological control of microorganisms in wine and other beverages using Velcorin. These services are offered on the winery site throughout the Eastern U.S. Other services such as Reverse Osmosis are under development.

Winemaker, Hudson-Chatham Winery<br /> Owner, Cedar Cliff Vineyard<br /> Attorney, State of New York

Steve has been a grape grower and home winemaker in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 1976, concentrating mostly in French-American hybrids and has been a commercial winemaker for the Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent, NY, since 2007. He comes from a long line of Hudson Valley fruit growers since the 1870s. While in high school, college and afterwards, he worked at Benmarl Vineyards, Marlboro, NY, under the tutelage of Mark, Dene and Eric Miller. He has operated his own vineyard, Cedar Cliff, in Athens, NY since 1989, grows over 30 different varieties of French-American hybrids, and is now concentrating on growing and examining scores of heirloom Hudson Valley developed hybrids from the 1840s to 1890s, and grapes developed by E.S. Rogers of Cape Ann and Salem, MA. He is the author of Grapes of the Hudson Valley and Other Cool Climate Regions of the United States and Canada, in which he describes over 170 different grape varieties that can be grown in cool climate areas, including their characteristics in the field, cellar and glass. For his day job, he is a lawyer working for the State of New York and resides in Athens, NY, with his wife, Lilly and children Benjamin, Noah, and Grace.


Since 2002, Shane has contributed to the Indiana wine industry through experiences in all aspects of winery operations. As winemaker at Satek Winery, located in Fremont, Indiana, he continues to help make wines that express the Midwest attitude, and provide resources to wine professionals to help grow the industry. Providing a springboard for aspiring young winemakers, he remains committed to growing winery tourism by offering industry leadership, balancing a diverse wine portfolio, and creating dynamic business relationships. With wine experience in South America and New Zealand, he brings new ideas to traditional winemaking.  


Steve DiFrancesco earned a BS from Stetson University, and has since enjoyed 38 harvests in the Finger Lakes. He worked with Guy DeVaux and Charles Fournier at Gold Seal Vineyards, with their excellent sparkling wines, from the late ‘70s to the mid ‘80s. He then worked with high quality barrel aged red hybrids at Bully Hill Vineyards. Steve was an assistant winemaker at Glenora in the late ‘80s, as part of an ambitious expansion program with an emphasis on sparkling wines. He became winemaker at Lucas Vineyards in the early 90s and helped expand production in high quality still and sparkling wines. Steve returned to Glenora in 1995 as winemaker and has helped expand its reputation and production. In 2000 the owners of Glenora purchased Knapp Vineyards and Steve was responsible for winemaking at both properties until 2015. He is now responsible for Glenora only. Riesling is at the forefront of production, though other varieties produced include other aromatic white viniferas, sparkling wines, and red viniferas, as well as hybrids and natives.

Professor and Specialist in Viticulture & Small Fruit

Joseph has over 30 years of academic and industry experience in research and extension in viticulture, small fruit culture, and enology. He is currently a professor and specialist in Viticulture and Small Fruit for the University of Maryland. He coordinates a statewide R&E program, concentrating on grape variety testing, as well as conducting small batch winemaking studies of the experiments. He also has been awarded 12 patents for small fruit variety development and has extensive experience fermenting berry and fruit wines.

Chair, Geneva Plant Pathology

Marc was born and raised in the grape growing region of Alsace in France. He received his Master’s and PhD degrees from University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. He joined Cornell University as assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology in Geneva, New York in 2004. His research and extension program focuses on virus diseases of fruit and vegetable crops. Marc has worked on grapevine viruses over the past 30 years, developing rapid detection techniques, understanding their dissemination, and investigating effective and environmentally friendly strategies for their control. His current research emphasizes the biology and ecology of the newly recognized red blotch disease.

Enology Extension Associate

As enology extension associate Denise offers educational support for the Pennsylvania wine industry, offering winemaking workshops on topics such as wine defect identification, wine sensory evaluation, winemaking basics, wine taste and flavor manipulation, research winemaking, and winery sanitation. Additionally, she spends time visiting wineries throughout Pennsylvania and aiding them with production questions. Denise started growing wine grapes at in high school, when she was just 16 years old, and spent those years following viticulture extension programs and working for local wineries. She graduated from Penn State’s Food Science program with a minor in Horticulture and earned her M.S. in Food Science and Technology, with an emphasis in enology from Virginia Tech. Her graduate research with Dr. Bruce Zoecklein focused on the use of electronic nose technology for volatile analysis in grapes, juice, and wine. Following graduate school, Denise worked in Napa as Enartis Vinquiry’s Sensory Scientist, assisting wineries with specific wine sensory studies and conducting in-house evaluations on enological products. In 2013 Denise obtained the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) accreditation from the Society of Wine Educators, and earned her Level 3 certification from the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust (WSET) in 2015. In 2016, Denise was elected as the Chair-Elect for the American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) – Eastern Section organization.

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Born and raised in the famous French wine-producing region of the Loire Valley, J.L studied winemaking both at the College de Beaune in Burgundy and at the University of Bordeaux. When he joined Hillebrand Estates Winery in Canada in 1989, he saw it as a unique opportunity for a winemaker – a chance to experiment with grape varieties, winemaking techniques and grape growing practices. In 1998, J.L. was honored with the title of Winemaker of the Year by the Air Ontario Wine Awards. In 2004, he became the head of winemaking and viticulture at the new and innovative LEED certified Stratus Vineyards in Niagara-On-The-Lake. J.L.’s wines at Stratus have set new bars for quality and have impressed critics and consumers alike.

Harvey R. Chaplin Eminent Scholar in Beverage Management

Barry is the first holder of the Harvey R. Chaplin Eminent Scholar’s Chair in Beverage Management at Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. In this position he is developing new graduate and undergraduate beverage classes to expand the offerings of the Beverage Management curriculum. Barry is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Emeritus Adjunct Professor of Enology at California State University, Fresno. He has had a long association (over thirty years) with the wine industry, conducting research in analytical methodology applied to grapes, juices, and wines.

Technical Consultant

Nichola serves as technical consultant for all areas of enology with a particular focus on fermentation management, microbial nutrition, wine microbiology and analysis, and winery hygiene at Scott Laboratories. She has also been confirmed as the 2016-2017 president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV). Prior to Scott Laboratories, Nichola worked at Vinquiry, Inc. in Windsor, California, as a technical consultant and with Bronco Wine Company as the director of microbiology. She serves on the American Vineyard Foundation Grant Management Committee, is a published author in international journals and trade publications, and an invited speaker at national and international meetings.

Nichola graduated with a BSc (HONS) in Microbial Biotechnology in 1997 and earned her PhD in Yeast Physiology and Fermentation Science from the University of Albertay in Dundee, Scotland.

Author, Innovator and Researcher

Tim is an innovator, researcher, renegade and relentless crusader against wine snobbery. He was dubbed the Wine Anti-Snob by the Wall Street Journal for his pioneering work to eliminate wine myths and misunderstandings about wine so all wine consumers 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. 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. His new book, The Sweet Wine Lovers Manifesto: Ending the Tyranny of the Dry Wine Fashionistas, is now available.

Hanni continues to research on understanding the physiology and neuroscience that determine consumer beverage preferences and buying behavior, engineered in cooperation with noted Cornell University researcher Dr. Virginia Utermohlen, MD. Based on this research he has formed LLC and the wine consumer profiling with a new wine app scheduled for release in November 2016. He also teaches international wine business for wine professionals, offering online courses through the Napa Valley Wine Academy.


Ken was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts and grew up in Southern California. He received his undergraduate degree at Occidental College, CA, Master’s degree from Queens College, NY, and PhD in structural geology from UMass Amherst, MA. He is currently an independent geologic consultant and since 1993, when he has not been looking at rocks or seeking out groundwater deposits, he has been making beer, wine, cider and mead. In 2010, Ken made it official when he became partner and vintner at Hermit Woods Winery. He can still be found looking at rocks occasionally, but mostly he pursues his passion for the art and science of fermentation.

Assistant Professor of Viticulture

Cain has worked in the grape and wine industry and been involved in viticulture research and extension since 2007, when employed at the Penn State Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center in North East, PA. After graduating with a BS in Horticulture Science from Penn State in 2009, Cain began his graduate studies at Virginia Tech. He earned his MSc in 2012 and PhD in 2016, focusing on applied research in several viticulture areas, including irrigation management, cover crop and rootstock use, and canopy and fruit-zone management. He has presented his research at several academic and industry conferences, and has delivered several presentations at extension workshops. In addition to his research and extension experience, Cain has guest-lectured for several university-sanctioned courses, and developed three class modules for an on-line viticulture course offered through Virginia Tech. Cain is currently working to solve regional vineyard management issues in Georgia through his extension and research appointment.

As a senior wine labeling specialist, Alexis 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.

Head Cidermaker

Scott was born in Chicago and raised in Boise, Idaho. He attended and graduated from Seattle Pacific University, where he met Brent Miles, co-founder of Seattle Cider Company. Scott began helping Brent make cider all most from the beginning of Seattle Cider’s founding in 2013 and became head cidermaker in the spring of 2016. When not at the cidery, Scott takes in as much coffee and music that Seattle has to offer.

Certified Sommelier, Sales Consultant

Marc Kauffman holds certifications from the Guild of Master Sommeliers and the Society of Wine Educators. He has served as an international wine judge in Lyon France. As Sales Consultant for Novatwist closures Marc is introducing this alternative twist-off bottle closure to the wine industry in North America. Combining a flair for performance with his wine industry experience, Marc was a finalist on the PBS reality TV series The Winemakers Season 2. He is also currently working as “the Sommelier” on a new winemaking competition reality TV series, Best Bottle, that will premier in early 2017 in partnership with Sony Entertainment and Netflix. Marc began a wine industry career that has included management positions with several national wine import and distribution companies and National Sales Manager for a Napa Valley family estate winery. Marc was General Manager of Stone Creek Wines which also became the largest private label wine producer in California. He was recruited to manage closure operations for Novembal a division of the Tetra Pak company where he was part of the team that created Novatwist closures.

Assistant Director, Division of Plant Industry

Margaret oversees certification of grapevines as virus tested for New York State. She has worked together with New York grapevine nurseries, Cornell University plant pathologists and Cooperative Extension Specialists to update NY’s grapevine certification program. Margaret has a MSPA in Public Administration from Sage Graduate School and a BS in Horticulture from Cornell University. She previously worked as cooperative extension agent in both New York and Massachusetts. Margaret strives to make the regulations around selling plants, plant products and virus certified materials understandable and manageable for the horticulture industry.  


Jenna has worked in the wine industry since 2009 and is currently managing the vineyard and making wine for Ventosa Vineyards in Geneva, New York. She oversees the management of 22 acres and informs most of her wine making from the grapes she grows and day-to-day vineyard operations. She credits much of her success and knowledge to her mentors and the migrant community with which she works.


Living in California for eleven years gave Bob the opportunity to learn about and explore wine to his heart’s desire. Having visited hundreds of wineries from San Diego to Washington, his passion for wine took root. Since returning to New Hampshire in 1993 Bob met his partners, Ken Hardcastle and Chuck Lawrence, and together they discovered the wines of New York, Canada and New England. Before long, the three of them planted a vineyard and were making wine from grapes and other wonderful local fruits and honey. They were well on their way to fulfilling their dream of one day turning their passion into a business. In 2010 they opened Hermit Woods Winery. When not making wine Bob is an architectural and commercial photographer.

Associate Professor, Department of Food Science

Anna Katharine is an associate professor of enology at Cornell’s NYSAES. She first worked in the wine industry in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley and received graduate degrees at Virginia Tech and the University of Minnesota. Anna Katharine currently focuses her efforts in aiding small regional wineries through enology extension, wine sensory evaluation, and defining regional identity in developing winegrowing areas. She is the leader of the enology team for the Northern Grapes Project.

Sales Executive

Aki has been a sales executive with Criveller Group since 2000. A Canadian native based in Southern Ontario and working across Canada and the U.S. within the wine, beer, cider and distilled product industry. Aki has also served on The Niagara College Winery and Viniculture Technical Program Advisory Committee for the past six years.

John has over thirty years of experience in environmental and sanitation management. He established and directed the Environmental Protection Agency’s western regional training center. As a consultant, he has developed and implemented environmental and sanitation programs for business and industry, government and educational institutions. As president of McClain Ozone, Inc., John pioneered the use of ozone in the wine and cork industries and has extensive experience utilizing ozone in the food and beverage, agricultural, and airline industries.

Head of Operations, Viniserve

Matteo is head of operations at Viniserve, a mobile services company which caters to the finest wineries in the Northeast. Mobile services include bottling, disgorging, crossflow and reverse osmosis. He is the enologist in charge of analytical supervision and quality control at Mosti Lab, a complete laboratory specialized in wine, cider and beer analysis. He obtained a BS and PhD in food technology from Parma University in Italy, as well as a BS in Enology and Viticulture from Bologna University. He has co-authored several research papers in collaboration with the Enology Department of Bologna University and AgriCanada. Matteo also conducts pre-publishing technical reviews of enological books with EnoOne, a publishing company based in Reggio Emilia, Italy.


Frederick is the winemaker, vineyard manager, and grafting manager of the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard in New York. He comes from a strong agricultural background and attended Cornell University to pursue his deep rooted interests in agriculture and German studies. Since starting as an intern in 2001 under the watchful eye of Hermann J. Wiemer, he quickly became the key decision maker in every aspect of the winery, vineyard, and nursery operations. In 2007, Frederick assumed management of Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, which continues to produce the top rieslings in the country.


As the viticulturist for one of Oregon’s top luxury wine brands, Russell oversees the management of Domaine Serene’s 250 acres of ultra-premium pinot noir and chardonnay.  He holds a BS in viticulture and enology from Lincoln University in New Zealand. He also holds a Master’s degree in both horticulture (viticulture) and in food science and technology (enology) from Virginia Tech. His passion for pinot noir led him to Central Otago, New Zealand, where he served as a viticulturist for some of New Zealand’s premier vineyards. Russell has worked in vineyards and cellars around the world and has conducted viticulture research with one of the world’s largest wine businesses. He is a regular contributor to technical articles on wine and grape production for publications in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and South Africa. On the rare occasions that Russell is not immersed in grapes and wine, he can be found playing trombone.


Bruce is a native of Syracuse, New York. He began Boundary Breaks Vineyard in 2008 by purchasing 120 acres of undeveloped farmland on the east side of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Boundary Breaks’ goal is to produce world-class rieslings and distribute them globally. Today Boundary Breaks produces approximately 6,000 cases of riesling per year and distributes them in 29 states and two Canadian provinces. Prior to starting Boundary Breaks, Bruce worked for more than 30 years in the publishing industry.

Owner and Winemaker

Peter is at the helm of New Hampshire’s oldest winery. He is past president of the New Hampshire Winery Association, chairman of the Northern New England Chapter of the American Wine Society, and a member of the advisory board for the Eastern Winery Exposition. He has been growing American, hybrid and vinifera grapes since 1982 and producing wine commercially since 1994. He has mentored many of the New England growers starting vineyards and wineries and has emphasized the importance of selecting the right grape varieties for each site. He is a strong advocate for the French-American and Cornell hybrids, especially for the white varieties in USDA Zones 5 and 6. Seyval is the signature grape for his winery.

Winemaking Consultant

Tom is a winemaking consultant with a degree in Food Science Technology from Virginia Tech.  Tom’s mentors and teachers included Jacques Boissenot, Jacques Recht and Joachim Hollerith for additional refinement of his hands-on winemaking technique. Tom began consulting in 1988 and in 2000 went full time after 25+ vintages on the East coast as well as assisting for seven vintages in the Napa Valley. Tom knows the winemaker challenges and how to overcome them.  He is an expert in avoiding costly pitfalls, nurturing new winemakers and assisting new winery start-ups from concept to construction to cork, and onward to the consumer. He knows wine is made in the vineyard, not overnight in the cellar with a magic wand. With a deep understanding of plumbing, electrical, cooling, mechanical, production space needs, and tasting room flow, Tom has set up more than 37 wineries to date and has expanded numerous others.


Phil has been a dedicated student of wine for the last thirteen years. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, Phil took advantage of any opportunity to integrate wine-related coursework into his schedule, and eventually took up winemaking as a hobby prior to his first winery job. For the past seven years, Phil has worked at Montezuma Winery in New York’s Finger Lakes region, working as assistant winemaker for two years prior to his promotion to winemaker in 2013. In his time at Montezuma, Phil has worked on and directed the production of a stylistically diverse array of award-winning wines, including those made from grapes, fruit, and honey, and was instrumental in developing the wine portfolio for Montezuma’s newly-opened sister winery, Idol Ridge.  


Dennis is the owner of Double A Vineyards Inc. The nursery was established in 1990 and has grown to be one of the largest suppliers of grapevine planting stock in the United States. Dennis is a graduate of Cornell University (1980) with a BS degree in horticulture and plant protection. He has worked in several areas of grape production including vineyard manager, farm supply sales and nursery production. In addition to grapevine production Dennis grows 300 acres of grapes, other nursery crops and has been involved in the development of Hybrid Shrub Willow as a dedicated energy crop.

Professor of Viticulture

Andy has been conducting research in grapes and wines since his MSc studies in 1978. Since 1997 he has been professor of viticulture at Brock University in St Catharines, Ontario. Responsibilities at Brock include the development of a viticulture & enology 4-year degree curriculum, teaching, research, administration and consultation. Courses taught include Grapevine Biology, Grapevine Cultural Practices, Plant Physiology, Introduction to Wines, and Advanced Wine Flavor (graduate course). Major research interests include canopy management, site, soil and their impact upon flavor, irrigation and water relations, geomatics, and use of GPS/GIS and remote sensing for studying terroir. American Society for Enology & Viticulture (ASEV) activities include Associate Editor since 1995 and member of Publications Committee. ASEV/ES activities include director, section rep., chair; and chair of organizing committee. He has appeared in more than 120 refereed journals. He has received the OIV Award for Best Book in Oenology, ASEV/ES Outstanding Achievement Award and Brock University Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Andy is a frequent speaker at conferences internationally.


For the past 20 years Dominic has pioneered the development of fruit wines across the world. He has been running wine production and exportation projects with producers across North America, Europe and the Far East. He is a recognized authority on fruit wine production and marketing, a qualified sommelier, award-winning commercial winemaker, distributor, exporter and author. Passionate about wine and wine innovation, he provides consulting services to producers to drive innovation and change.

White Winemaker

The ultimate blend of science and art drove David to embark on a career in winemaking. Today he has more than 15 years of experience in the wine industry in California, Oregon, Australia and Washington state. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound, David worked at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, California as a harvest lab intern. In that same year, David returned to Washington and joined Chateau Ste. Michelle as a lab technician through 2006. Realizing winemaking was his true passion and wanting to gain more experience in different wine regions, David took a winemaking internship with Zilzie Wines in Victoria, Australia. Upon his return to the U.S., he interned with the winemaking team at Domaine Serene in Dayton, Oregon. In 2007, David rejoined Chateau Ste. Michelle as white wine enologist and was later promoted to assistant winemaker. He continued to excel and was promoted to white winemaker in 2015 where he currently manages day-to-day operations at the winery’s white wine cellar in Woodinville, Washington.


Chris has spent much of his life in the grape and wine business. He grew up on his family’s grape farm in Watkins Glen, New York. His interest in winemaking was piqued by the newly burgeoning small wineries in the area. Summer jobs at Glenora and Taylor Wine Company augmented his education while he attained a B.S. in Food Science from Cornell University. After graduating he began his winemaking career as winemaker at a small winery in the Finger Lakes. This was followed by a 4 year stint as extension and research associate at Ohio State University (OARDC, Wooster, Ohio). In 1989, Chris moved back to the Finger Lakes to help his family start Lakewood Vineyards. Over the years Lakewood has grown to an annual production of about 100,000 gallons, producing a wide range of wines from vinifera to mead. He is a regular contributor to Wines & Vines magazine and has given dozens of winemaking presentations over the years. Chris and his wife Elizabeth are also sole proprietors of Lakewood Cork, importing and selling high quality wine corks in the Eastern U.S. They have three children (Ben, Abby and Amelia), 1 dog (Piper), three horses (Buddy and Remi), and one cat (Shakespeare). Interests include flying and enjoying wine with friends, but not at the same time.


Luke is an Australian born and trained winemaker. He has worked as a winemaker in Frankland River in Western Australia, the Clare Valley in South Australia, Napa Valley, the Pfalz in Germany, Hawkes Bay in New Zealand and Hermitage in France prior to taking up the position of winemaker at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars in the Finger Lakes of New York. His passion lies within crafting intensely flavoured red and white wines coming from cooler climates and overcoming the challenges associated with working within those climates.

Vinoseal Specialist

Natalie discovered her love and interest for wine while spending a summer in France.  She saw the opportunity to develop that love by joining Nomacorc, the largest producer of alternative wine closures.

Natalie has a great deal of both management and sales experience.  She has continuously excelled in strategic brand marketing.  Consistently ranking in top sales for a fortune 300 corporation and leading business development for a young franchise company are among her many accomplishments. In addition to both her fondness for wine and interest in wine closures, she also enjoys international travel.


Peter is the Executive Director of the Cork Quality Council, a non-profit organization comprised of leading U.S. cork suppliers. The council was formed in 1992 to develop standards for quality assurance practices and to provide an educational resource for natural cork. The CQC has since increased its activities to sponsor research in the wine-cork industry and to manage analytical equipment owned in common by CQC members. Peter currently operates Deerfield Associates, a northern California consulting business involved in wine marketing. Previous positions included president of Windsor Vineyards (California and New York), and president of American Advertising Distributors, a direct mail company based in Mesa, Arizona. Peter joined the Cork Quality Council in 1996 and worked with ETS Laboratories as a co-author on their basic research into the relationship between TCA, corks and wine.  

Vice President, Strategy

Northlich Agency is Adweek’s top agency in Ohio. Dan uncovers powerful ideas and insights that lead to emotional connections with customers while driving exceptional business results. He loves problem-solving and enjoys the varied nature of the challenges advertising presents. In his day-to-day work, Dan draws on the array of expertise he has developed over 10 years in varying roles in the marketing world: leading strategy, planning, measurement, relationship marketing, brand development, first-person consumer research, and business development. Dan is constantly staying ingrained in the digital space. He has worked with clients in industries such as finance, fast-moving consumer goods, food and beverage, and healthcare.

Professor of Viticulture

Tony’’s viticulture education includes a MSc from the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD from Cornell University. He is a professor of viticulture at Virginia Tech where he has been employed since 1986. He has conducted research to expand the grape varietal landscape in Virginia, to better understand the adaptation of grapes to Virginia’s colorful biotic and abiotic challenges and, through collaboration with enologists, to improve grape and wine quality potential. Graduate student training has been an important part of the research program. Tony’s extension program comprises workshops, development of web-based decision support tools, and publication of technical print and online media. In addition to his viticulture research and extension roles, Tony teaches an online viticulture course and serves as director of Virginia Tech’s AHS Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Frederick County, Virginia.


Chuck, owner, vineyard manager and principal winemaker of Fero Vineyards and Winery, is a urologic surgeon turned winegrower. He established Fero Vineyards and Winery located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, as a family-run establishment with his wife Daneen managing the business along with his son Nick. The Susquehanna River Valley vineyard is located on the family farm established in 1812. Twelve and a half acres of vineyard are currently in production and grow exclusively vinifera lemberger: grüner veltliner, saperavi, pinot noir, pinot gris, and riesling. The vineyard is part of the NEWA (Network for Environment and Weather Applications) program and the site actively supports research with the Pennsylvania State University.