Experience

Over 30 years of professional career service in winery development, management and wine production. Experience includes:

Winery Consultant in Eastern U.S., California and Canada 1979-Present

  • Developing wineries, business plans and market projections
  • Designing wineries, selecting equipment, defining wine styles and planning wine production
  • Setting up laboratories and training technicians
  • Lecturing and writing on current wine topics

Extension Enologist, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 2005-15

  • Advising over 72 wineries in Kentucky, as well as others in surrounding areas
  • Managing extensive taste panel trials for experimental wines
  • Working with the KY ABC and the KY Dept. of Agriculture to develop better regulations
  • Working with Winery and Viticultural associations to develop educational programs
  • Managing Statewide Wine Competitions to bring good wines to the public eye

Production Manager and Winemaker, Sakonnet Vineyards, Little Compton, RI 1990-95

  • Grew sales from 12,000 to 35,000 cases per year of estate and blended wines
  • Planned production, and expansion, did all analyses, blended, purchased all equipment
  • Developed database systems to control bulk and cased goods inventory
  • Ran the cellar crew and the bottling operations

General Manager and Winemaker, Chalk Hill Winery, Healdsburg, CA 1986-90

  • Increased production and sales of estate wines from 14,000 to 65,000 cases per year
  • Designed and effected 15,000 sq. ft. winery expansion; production, and crush facility
  • Responsible for all wine production, equipment maintenance, and marketing in the US
  • Performed budgeting, long term planning and projections, and expense control

Associate Professor of Enology, Cornell University, Geneva, NY 1982-85

  • Developed this position at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Consulted with wineries in New York State, as well as surrounding areas
  • Managed extensive taste panel trials, produced many experimental wines in small lots
  • Researched fermentation techniques and laboratory method improvements
  • Programmed a unique wine scoring system, to “normalize” each judge.

Founding Partner and Winemaker, Pine Ridge Winery, Yountville, CA 1979-80

  • Planned site use and production facility, taught winemaking to staff
  • Established now “Industry Standard” Waste Water handling requirements

Manager and Winemaker, Yverdon Vineyards, St. Helena, Napa Valley, CA 1977-79

  • Revamped cellar usage and production methods

Systems Designer/Programmer, Data Management Associates, Calistoga, CA 1975-77

  • Developed a complete accounting package for restaurants and small businesses in Basic

Founder, Manager and Winemaker, Cuvaison, Inc., Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA 1970-75

  • Personally constructed a successful small winery from preliminary grading to final wiring
  • Designed label used for over 40 years

Physicist, in Laser development, Spectra-Physics, Mountain View, CA 1967-70

  • Designed, built and moved novel lasers through production

Community Involvement

  • Member, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce 1996-2001
  • President, Greater Ithaca B&B Association 1998-2000
  • Board Member, Cornell Corporation of Beta Theta Pi 1996-2001
  • Treasurer, City of St. Helena, CA 1976-80
  • Director, Napa Town & Country Fair, Napa, CA 1974-78
  • Member, Kiwanis, St. Helena, CA 1970-82
  • U.S. Army, 1954-56

Education

  • PhD Laser Optics – University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • MS Solid State Physics – University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • BEP Bachelor of Engineering Physics – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY