SPEAKERS

Glenn Andrade

Vice President, Winemaking
Trinchero Family Estates

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Glenn Andrade, senior vice president winemaking, oversees the winemaking at all Trinchero Family Estates facilities. After graduating college with a degree in biology and chemistry, Andrade began his career at E&J Gallo winemaking facilities in the Central Valley. In 1993 Andrade decided to return closer to home (Healdsburg) and started at Trinchero Family Estates. Much of the first couple years was spent expanding the technical capabilities of the winemaking operations. The range of things Andrade has worked included being an analytical chemist, quality control technician, research director and a winemaker. Trinchero Family Estates expanded into new varietals, flavored products, dealcoholized products, and further into luxury programs, all which have led to additional expansion.

Fred Brander

Owner & General Manager
The Brander Vineyard

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C. Frederic “Fred” Brander was born and raised in Buenos Aires, and later emigrated with his family to the U.S., settling in Santa Barbara. After graduating from Harvey Mudd College with a degree in chemistry, he went on to pursue studies in enology at UC Davis. Brander started his career in the wine business by working for a Santa Barbara wine merchant, and later went to work in the wholesale business. While attending college, he started his own small wine import company, bringing in wines from France and his native Argentina. Wishing to make his own wines, and with a fondness for Santa Barbara, Fred and his family established The Brander Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley in 1975, where he quickly developed a reputation for making outstanding Sauvignon Blanc. With more than 30 vintages “in the bottle”, he is a pioneer of the Santa Barbara wine country.

Morgan Clendenen

Owner & Winemaker
Cold Heaven Cellars

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Morgan Clendenen says that her mission and goal as a winemaker is to illuminate and define Viognier, elevate its profile, and explore its potential through keen observation and copious tasting. Clendenen started in the wine industry working for an Italian wine importer in her native North Carolina. Then she moved on to a boutique wine importer to optimize her learning curve. A move to a sales and marketing position at Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa led to her meeting Jim Clendenen, winemaker and owner at Au Bon Climat. They married, and she moved to Santa Barbara County. When Au Bon Climat, by chance, was offered a lot of Viognier grapes, Cold Heaven Cellars was born.

George Coope

Senior Director of Strategy & Analysis
Zepponi & Company

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George Coope, senior director of strategy and analysis, has more than 25 years of investment banking and advisory experience in the wine, beer and distilled spirits industries. Prior to joining Zepponi & Company, Coope held senior roles at several boutique investment banks in San Francisco and was a founding member of the consumer practice group at Hambrecht & Quist LLC. Coope also worked in R&D and operations at Miller Brewing Company. Coope is a former director of Patz & Hall Wine Company and The Coppola Companies. Coope holds Series 7 (General Securities Representative), 24 (General Securities Principal) and 63 (California Securities Representative) securities registrations and a certified valuation analyst (CVA) designation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.

Audra Cooper

Broker
Turrentine Broakerage

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Audra Cooper brings years of experience in both the North Coast and Central Coast. She grew up on Central Coast ranches and graduated from California State University at Fresno with a degree in Agricultural Economics. She joined Turrentine Brokerage in 2006, providing statewide grape sales support, before being promoted to North Coast Grape Broker. In 2012, Audra transferred to the Central Coast as the lead grape broker for the region. She has a keen sense of vineyard details and agricultural development, and is involved in the ag communities in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County.

Vernon Crowder

VP of Government and Industry Affairs
Rabobank

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Vernon Crowder is a senior vice president and senior analyst for Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) group. He manages the team, which analyzes and conducts market research on California agribusiness as well as the North American fresh fruit and produce sectors. Before joining Rabobank in 2010, Crowder served as senior vice president and agricultural economist for Bank of America for 11 years, analyzing the agricultural industry, agribusiness, commodity prices and food processors. Most recently, he served as senior client manager for Bank of America in Fresno for 7 years.

Debra Dommen

VP Government & Industry Affairs
Treasury Wine Estates

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Debra Dommen has been in the wine industry for more than 20 years, most recently joining Treasury Wine Estates in 2010 as the vice president of government and industry affairs. Prior to joining Treasury Wine Estates she was the executive director of winegrowers of Napa County for over 8 years and also served on the staff of former Assemblymember Pat Wiggins as senior consultant to the Assembly Select Committee on California Wine. Dommen is the past chair of the board for the Napa Chamber of Commerce, past board member of the Wine Institute and sits on the board of directors for Collabria Care, Family Winemakers of California, Wine America and United Winegrowers of Sonoma County and is a Leadership Napa Valley Class 17 graduate. She also served on the Napa County general plan update steering committee as well as the recent Napa County agricultural protection advisory committee and Sonoma County winery working group.

Gary Eberle

Owner & Winemaker
Eberle Winery

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Eberle began his college career in 1962 at Pennsylvania State University and later did his graduate work in cellular genetics at Louisiana State University (LSU). During his time at LSU, a professor introduced him to the magical world of food and wine, when he dreamt of creating a wine that would rival those of Bordeaux and soon found himself on an airplane to California to enter the doctoral program at UC Davis. During his work at Davis, Eberle realized the untapped potential of the Paso Robles region and decided it was where his winemaking future lay and arrived in 1973. After founding the Estrella River Winery, Eberle yearned for his own winery focusing on premium red wines. The dream was realized with the release of his first “Eberle” wine, a 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon in 1982. Today, Eberle handcrafts 25,000 cases of wine each year from surrounding estate vineyards.

Jordan Fiorentini

Winemaker
Epoch

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Jordan Fiorentini joined the Epoch team in 2010, moving her family from Sonoma County to Paso Robles. Fiorentini oversees all the wine and vine decisions along with the day-to-day needs of the winery in partnership with Epoch owners, Bill and Liz Armstrong. With her dedicated staff of four, an impressive collection of international vessels (she has an obsession with concrete), and fruit from two estate vineyards, Fiorentini works tirelessly to ensure every bottle of Epoch wine is always at its best. She holds an engineering undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis. She earned her spurs working at her family’s winery in Georgia, Araujo Estate in Napa Valley, Antinori Winery in Italy and, before moving to Paso Robles, as head winemaker at Chalk Hill in Healdsburg, California.

David Freed

Chairman
Silverado Premium Properties

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David I. Freed is a former tax and corporate attorney with undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Freed practiced law at Tobin & Tobin in San Francisco for more than 15 years before transitioning to a full time focus on vineyard and winery investments. In 1988, Freed organized UCC Vineyards Group to consolidate all wine-related activities into a single company which eventually merged with Silverado Winegrowers, LLC. In 1992, he was a founder of the Wine Industry Symposium Group. He later organized Silverado Premium Properties with Mark Couchman and continues as chairman today.

William Goebel

Broker
Turrentine Brokerage

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William Goebel graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Wine Business Strategy. Prior to signing on with Turrentine Brokerage in 2010, William worked for Trinchero Family Estates, both working in the cellar and administering wine sales. He started out managing our sample department, providing sales support for the bulk brokerage team and directly handled bulk sales for many clients. William was then promoted to Bulk Wine Broker in 2013 through his hard work and dedication to the company and our clients. Turrentine Brokerage’s clients have appreciated William’s approachable demeanor combined with his high energy and organization to get things done. William resides in Sonoma County and enjoys thrashing the local trails on his mountain bike and skiing the slopes in Tahoe.

Jason Hass

Partner & General Manager
Tablas Creek Vineyard

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Jason Haas is partner and general manager at Tablas Creek Vineyard, the Rhone-specialist winery in Paso Robles, CA, which was founded by his family in partnership with the Perrin Family of Château de Beaucastel, where he worked two summers while growing up. At Tablas Creek, he oversees the business operations, is a member of the winemaking committee and directs the vineyard’s local and national marketing efforts. In addition to his work at Tablas Creek, he is chairman of the board of directors of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, a past president of the Rhone Rangers, and a former board member of the Family Winemakers of California. His writing has been published in Wine Business Monthly, Wines & Vines, Wine Industry Network and Zester Daily.

Matt Heil

Director of Fruit Supply
Tablas Creek Vineyard

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Matthew Heil grew up in Sonoma, California, and started in the wine industry at the Buena Vista Winery tasting room in 1982. He developed a passion for the wine business by working in the vineyard and cellar operations at Haywood and Ravenswood Wineries. He later attended California State University, Fresno, and earned a Master of Science degree in crop science. Following graduation, he worked with Robert Mondavi Winery as the viticulture technical manager for the Central Coast Region from 1997 to 2004. From 2005 to 2012, he served as the area director of grape management in the Central Coast Region for Constellation Brands, Inc. In December 2012, he began working with Joe Wagner and manages the fruit supply throughout California and Oregon for Copper Cane Wines & Provisions.

Dylan Johnson

Attorney
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

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Dylan Johnson’s practice involves a unique blend of private- and public-side representation. He counsels privately on land use, development, due diligence and entitlements and litigates related claims in state and federal courts. Johnson also serves as general and special counsel to several cities and special districts, providing transactional advice and litigation services on environmental and public law issues. Due to his public-private practice, Johnson has unique expertise surrounding local government regulation and relations, enabling him to help clients on both sides. Environmental issues he has advised include CEQA, the CWA and Coastal Act. Johnson also provides real estate transactional advice and is experienced in claims related to governmental actions, including tax issues, local regulations and constitutional claims. He frequently speaks on environmental and regulatory issues, including local winery regulation.

Matt Kettmann

Senior Editor
The Santa Barbara Independent, Moderator

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Matt Kettmann is a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, where he covers the Central Coast and Southern California, and senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999. He’s written about wine and other topics for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, Smithsonian and other magazines, co-founded a music conference called New Noise Santa Barbara in 2009, and also makes small lots of his own wine under the non-commercial label Periodista.

James Kress

Winemaker
Tolosa Winery & Vineyards

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Vintner Robin Baggett has entrusted winemaker Jim Kress with the expression of Edna Valley through the wines of Tolosa Winery. Motivated by an early desire to put his stamp on a wine from start to finish, Kress found himself immersed in the sciences of agriculture and chemistry that allowed him to fulfill his creative instincts through crafting wines of balance, depth and complexity. After an undergraduate degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Kress’s passion for food and wine eventually led him to the UC Davis Master’s of Science program in enology and viticulture. During his subsequent tenure at the renowned Domaine Chandon, at which he helped develop the still wine program, his interest in Pinot Noir was kindled. Now after 20 vintages spent honing his technical mastery with wines from some of California’s most prestigious appellations he is eager to explore Edna Valley.

Jerry Lohr

Founder and Proprietor
j. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

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Even after almost fifty years of winegrowing and celebrating eighty years on the planet, Jerry Lohr is not slowing down. He continues to explore, learn, and lead in all aspects of the industry. Launching the new 2013 J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Receiving Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s‘American Wine Legend’ Wine Star Award. Being honored by Wine Business Monthly with the ‘Innovator of the Year’ Award. The accolades reflect the admiration and respect of his peers and an acknowledgment of Jerry’s place in California wine history.

John Mackie

Partner
Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross, Moderator

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John Mackie is a partner inthe law firm of Carle, Mackie, Power and Ross LLP. The firm is based in Santa Rosa, California, and provides a broad range of legal services to businesses and non-profits throughout the U.S. and the world. Mackie leads the business and food and beverage practices of the firm. Mackie’s personal practice is concentrated in real estate, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, land use and finance, particularly concerning wine and food businesses. Mackie serves as counsel or director for a number of non-profit and industry groups.

Morgen McLaughlin

Executive Director
Santa Barbara County Vintners

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Morgen McLaughlin is the executive director of the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association, a non-profit wine industry member association missioned to promote the Santa Barbara County Appellation as one of the world’s premier wine growing regions. McLaughlin has led the organization since April 2013 and has since increased membership and refreshed many of the organization’s programming including its digital communications and wine country festival weekends. McLaughlin sits on numerous industry boards and commissions including the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, Santa Barbara County Economic Vitality Team, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, and Visit Santa Barbara. She graduated from Boston College.

Nicholas Miller

Vice President MarketingThornhill Companies, Moderator

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Nicholas Miller is the vice president of sales and marketing for his family’s vineyards, winery services and wine labels. He represents the companies on several boards and associations, including director of the California Association of Winegrape Growers and Wine institute. Miller is a member of the California Agricultural Leadership Class 36. His family owns and operates the French Camp Vineyards in Paso Robles; Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Vineyards in the Santa Maria AVA; the Central Coast Wine Services in Santa Maria and the Paso Robles Wine Services, and Turn Key Wine Brands that sells bulk wine, private label case goods, and their own family’s wines.

Dave Potter

General Manager
Mesa Vineyard Management

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David Potter first discovered his true passion for wine during his undergraduate studies, when he worked on vintages in Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. While working a harvest in Australia, Potter decided to turn his passion for wine into a career and applied to a master’s degree program in oenology and viticulture at Curtin University of Technology in Margaret River. Since then, he has worked in large-scale commercial operations and small, traditional, ultra-premium settings. He has worked with some of the best fruit in the world in Australia’s Barossa Valley (Henschke Cellars), Santa Barbara County (Fess Parker, Epiphany, Sunstone), Victoria Australia (Fosters Wine Estates), and Chateau de Montfaucon in France. In 2015, David opened Potek Winery, a namesake winery and tasting room at The Mill in Santa Barbara.

Anthony Riboli

Winemaker
Riboli Family Wine Estates/San Antonio Winery

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Fourth-generation winemaker Anthony Riboli is the first member of the generation to join the family business. He is also the first family member to have received a formal degree in winemaking and grape growing from the University of California, Davis, graduating in 1998 with a M.S. in viticulture. During the 1997 harvest, he worked under Michael Weis at Groth Vineyards and Winery in Napa Valley. Since joining Riboli Family Wine Estates, his foremost goal has been the constant improvement of the quality of its wines through his meticulous focus in the vineyards. Riboli also plays an integral part in the family’s investment strategy, which in recent years has seen the development of more than 500 acres of estate vineyards in Paso Robles, as well as the opening of a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in fall 2016.

Larry Schaffer

Owner & Winemaker
Tercero Wines, Moderator

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After a successful career in the music and publishing industries, Larry Schaffer switched paths and went back to school at UC Davis, where he graduated with his M.S. in viticulture and enology. After working for a large winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, he embarked on his and own and is now owner/winemaker for Tercero Wines, specializing in Rhône varieties. He is a current board member of the Rhône Rangers and president of its Santa Barbara chapter, a teacher at Allan Hancock College and a former board member of the Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Association.

Matt Steel

Sr. Winemaker, Central Coast
E & J Gallo Winery

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An Australia native, Matt Steel brings extensive winemaking experience and a diverse skill set to Edna Valley Vineyard. Steel is well-versed in working with cool-climate grape varieties and brings this knowledge to the Central Coast. Steel’s winemaking journey led him through the varied terrain of Victoria, specifically the vineyards of the famed Yarra Valley, where he served as chief winemaker for both still and sparkling wines at Domaine Chandon Australia. Today, as the winemaker behind Edna Valley Vineyard’s award-winning collection, Steel strives to bring the unique vineyards of the Central Coast to life in each glass.

Marty Spate

Director of Masstige/Premium Winemaking
Treasury Wine Estates

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Marty Spate is a native Californian who grew up farming in the Central Valley of California, the state’s raisin capital. During his time at Cal State University, Fresno, he discovered a passion for winemaking, altering his educational course to earn a degree in enology. He is currently the director of masstige/premium winemaking for one of the world’s largest international wine companies, Treasury Wine Estates, making wine in California’s Central and North Coast regions. His focus is on making wine for the $10 to $25 per bottle sector, working with more than 30 varieties of grapes from Lake County to Monterey to Santa Barbara County.

Lane Tanner

Partner & Winemaker
Lumen Wines

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Lane Tanner fell into the wine business in 1980. She started her own wine company in 1984, making her the first independent female winemaker in Santa Barbara County. Tanner started the Hitching Post restaurant wine program and then began her own brand, Lane Tanner, in 1989. She is now winemaker and partner of Lumen Wines in Santa Maria, CA.

Tyler Thomas

Managing Director & Winemaker
Dierberg Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard

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Tyler Thomas is Managing Director and Winemakerat Dierberg Vineyard and Star Lane Vineyard in Santa Barbara County. Thomas joined the Dierberg family in 2013 after gaining much critical acclaim for wines made under the Donelan label in Sonoma County, where he was the winemaker for five vintages. He has established a reputation for shepherding great wines from great sites as far back as his time with Hyde de Villaine in Napa. He has experience working with Bordelaise, Burgundian, and Rhone varietals from a diverse set of sites to produce high quality, boutique bottlings.

Matthew Towers

COO
O’Neill Vintners

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Matt Towers joined O’Neill Vintners & Distillers in 2005. As COO, Towers oversees all winery operations, finance, accounting and people operations. Prior to O’Neill Vintners, Matt worked for Golden State Vintners in the finance department. Earlier in his career, Towers worked for the international accounting and consulting firm Deloitte & Touche. Towers has a Master’s of Business Administration and Bachelor’s of Science degree from California State University, Fresno. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.

Lisa Adams Walter

Director of Programs
Wine Industry Symposium Group

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Lisa Adams Walter joined the Wine Industry Symposium Group in 2014. She brings a diverse background that includes PR, marketing and writing experience in wine, travel, entertainment, high-tech, publishing and pro sports. A native of California’s Wine Country, she graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. She has served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Academy of Wine Communications, as an appointed representative on the Napa County Arts and Culture Advisory Committee, is a founding member of Napa County’s “100 Women Who Care” and in 2016 wrote the introduction for the Simon & Schuster book “Napa Valley Cabernets.”

Tennis Wick

Director
Permit Sonoma

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Tennis Wick has served as permit Sonoma director since November 2013. The agency balances protection of Sonoma County’s natural resources with its orderly development through the agency’s planning, engineering, building, well and septic, code enforcement and customer service authority. Before joining the County of Sonoma, Wick worked as a principal at Berg Holdings responsible for government affairs, site acquisition, design and entitlement. Previously, Wick practiced as a partner at the engineering and planning consulting firm CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group, Inc. He began his career with the County of Marin where he led current planning as development chief.

George Yatchisin

Writer, Edible Santa Barbara & Santa Barbara Independent

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