Dr. Steven Ostoja is Director of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s California Climate Hub, based at the
Agricultural Research Services’ Sustainable Agriculture
Water Systems Research Unit and is a Fellow at the John Muir
Institute of the Environment at the University of California
John Aguirre serves as president of the California Association of
Winegrape Growers (CAWG). CAWG advocates for public policies,
research and education programs, and sustainable farming
practices to enhance the business of growing California
winegrapes. The association represents the growers of more than
50-percent of the gross grape tonnage crushed for wine and
concentrate in California.
Alejandra Alvarez is part of the Treasury Wine Estates team where
she is the Sonoma County Viticulturist. Striving to be good
stewards of the land, Alejandra has been working on
sustainability and carbon sequestration projects.
Francisco is a Certified Crop and Pest Control Adviser who brings
over 40 years of experience in a variety of agricultural roles
related to viticulture and tropical fruits. From hands on
production, to research and teaching, he is passionate about
continuing to educate himself and sharing his findings with his
team, and the industry.
Mark grew up in Colorado and graduated from Colorado State
University with a B.S. in Agronomy and a minor in Spanish. He
continued with graduate work at UC Davis with an M.S. in
Hydrologic Sciences. He was an exchange scholar at a Spanish
government research center in Cordoba, Spain studying runoff and
erosion in hillside olive groves. He began working for UC
Cooperative Extension in 2001, initially as a Viticulture Farm
Advisor for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties; in 2018
his title changed to Water Management and Biometeorology Advisor.
Corey’s first stop in the business was at Chateau Montelena where
he followed in his Grandfather’s footsteps. In 1998 the Coppola
family brought Corey on to their winemaking team and the 20 later
he was named CEO of the Francis Coppola Winery. He then led the
company through the merger with Delicato Family Vineyards in 2021
and currently holds the title of EVP Production and Chief
Dr. Monique Bell is an associate professor of marketing at
California State University, Fresno, where she strives to provide
engaging learning experiences and, through her research, explores
the intersections of business and culture.
Sparkling wine has been part of Eva Bertran’s life since the day
she was born when her father placed a drop of it on her lips.
Descended from a family of wine merchants, Eva was raised in
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia.
Jeff Bitter is a life-long resident of California. Born into a
family vineyard operation, Jeff has always had a passion for
agriculture and specifically grape growing. Jeff is the President
of Allied Grape Growers (AGG), a 500-member statewide grape
growers cooperative marketing association. AGG markets
approximately $100,000,000 worth of grapes annually to wineries,
shippers, packers and dehydrators. In addition to managing AGG,
Jeff is a fourth-generation California grape grower on land he
and his wife own, and live on, in Madera County.
Michael is currently working as a North Coast Sales Manager with
Grow West in Geyserville serving Sonoma and Napa as well as Lake
and Mendocino counties. Grow West specializes in Agricultural
Technologies, Transitional and Organic Farming: consulting and
product sourcing, as well as Fertilizer manufacturing and
In 1982, Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Agricultural Science and Management: Plant Science – Viticulture
from the University of California, Davis. He holds both PCA and
Danny Brager has a wealth of experience in the U.S. Beverage
Alcohol industry, analyzing trends over many years. He formerly
headed Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice Area in the U.S,
leading teams that supported relationships with Nielsen’s clients
as well as key industry groups and the media.
Anna has worked locally, nationally and internationally on
environmental management and policy with organizations ranging
from the environmental economics think tank Resources for the
Future in Washington, DC to the International Union for
Conservation of Nature in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Brian entered the wine business in 2009, and over his 13 year
career has worked for Treasury Wine Estates, Jean- Charles
Boisset, Constellation Brands, Delicato Family, Stags Leap Wine
Cellars, Folio Fine Wine Partners & currently with Vintage Wine
Over this time he has worked in various capacities including
supply chain ops, procurement & capital projects, M&A, cost
accounting, operations finance, and currently as Director of
Finance overseeing the costing, inventory and ops finance duties
for Vintage Wine Estates.
Dr. Federico Casassa received a BS in Viticulture and a MS in
Enology from the School of Agronomic Sciences in Mendoza
(Argentina), and a Ph.D. in Wine Chemistry and Sensory Analysis
from Washington State University (USA). He is an Associate
Professor of Enology with the Wine and Viticulture Department of
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Dr. Cole Cerrato is a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State
University in Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino’s wine research group. He is
currently a food and wine chemist studying the chemical impacts
of smoke on wine and wine grapes.
Leticia, a wine professional with more than 20 years of
experience in the California, and currently the Winemaker and
Winery Manager at the University of California, Davis.
Previously, Leticia has been at Safe Harbor Wine Storage,
Treasury Wine States, E&J Gallo Winery, Golden State Vintners
(now Wine Group) and Delicato Family Vineyards.
She is on her third year as co-chair of the Program Development
Committee for Unified Wine and Grape Symposium and participates
actively on the Spanish Track.
Principal at Wine & Spirits Recruiting
John has worked in executive recruiting in our industry for 10+
years and has held senior roles in finance, business development,
operations and marketing for large corporations,
family-businesses, marketing/digital agencies and online
JF (Jean-Francois) Coget is Dean of the School of Business and
Economics at Sonoma State University, which houses the Wine
Prior to that, he served for 14 years at Cal Poly, San Luis
Obispo’s Orfalea College of Business as Associate Dean, Chair of
the Management, Human Resources, and Information Systems Area,
and Professor of Organizational Behavior. He holds a Ph.D. in
Management from UCLA’s Anderson School.
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