Associate Professor and Biochemist, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
Professor Adams is currently the chair of the department’s Scholarship Committee and serves on the Teaching Committee.
Adams’ research program focuses on grape berry ripening. He has concentrated his efforts in two principle 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 he has pursued that topic with students in the university’s graduate food sciences program 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. The second project in his laboratory is directed at identifying genes involved in grape berry ripening. Adams teaches Introduction to Winemaking and Grape Berry Development and Composition. He teaches a seminar in post-harvest biology, in which he organizes the class around natural products in fruits and vegetables that have been identified as having possible health benefits.
He received his B.S. in biochemistry and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in plant physiology from the University of California, Davis.
Benson founded the agency in 1997, which provides marketing services to wine and spirits companies from its offices in Napa, New York and Paris. He speaks frequently at industry conferences and university seminars on digital trends, brand marketing and direct-to-consumer marketing. Among other roles, Benson has worked with industry organizations including Free the Grapes!; Auction Napa Valley; UC Davis Board of Visitors & Fellows; and the Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium.
Before starting Benson Marketing Group, he was brand manager and export sales manager at Franciscan Estates. Previously, he was marketing director for the Napa Valley Vintners Association which brought him from Los Angeles, where he managed public relations campaigns for Domaine Chandon, Moet & Chandon, Hennessy Cognac, and Tanqueray. He resides in Napa and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA from Occidental College, both in Los Angeles.
Professor and Chair, Department of Viticulture & Enology and Professor in Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, UC Davis
Since joining the Chemical Engineering faculty in 1996, his research has been focused on technology for wine fermentations and biopharmaceutical fermentation optimization based on historical process data and artificial intelligence. More recently, his work has included applications to biofuel production including the study of increased alcohol tolerance in microorganisms and of bio-based fuels.
Block teaches Biotech Facility Design and Regulatory Compliance in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Wine Technology and Winery Systems and Advances in the Science of Winemaking in the Department of Viticulture and Enology.
Before joining UC Davis, he worked in the Biopharmaceuticals Department at Hoffmann-La Roche in Nutley, New Jersey, from 1991-1996. At Roche, Block was in charge of a fermentation process development group and also a team leader for control systems in new manufacturing facilities. In the latter capacity, he helped to design, build, validate and maintain multiple new facilities.
Block holds a B.S.E. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota, respectively.
Professor of Management and Stephen G. Newberry Endowed Chair in Leadership, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis
Elsbach is a professor of management and expert in organizational behavior. She was named the first recipient of the prestigious Stephen G. Newberry Endowed Chair in Leadership in March 2010. She was a Chancellor’s Fellow at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management from 2000 to 2005 and she currently is the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative for the UC Davis campus. She received her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Stanford University in 1993.
Before entering academia, Professor Elsbach worked as an industrial engineer for the Quaker Oats Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where her office was located next to the Aunt Jemima Butter Syrup line. This arrangement helped solidify her decision to leave the glamour of corporate America for the academy.
Professor Elsbach’s current research focuses on the perception and management of individual and organizational images, identities, and reputations. She has studied these symbolic processes in a variety of contexts ranging from the California cattle industry to the National Rifle Association, and from radical environmentalist groups to Hollywood screenwriters. She has studied the impacts of telecommuting and how firms and employees have dealt with the transformation of the workplace from a traditional office to a “hoteling” environment. Professor Elsbach has published widely in top management journals in her field and has won the Academy of Management Journal’s Best Paper Award and the Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior Award for her research on Hollywood story pitching.
Cooperative Extension Specialist in Enology, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
During her PhD studies at Adelaide University in Australia, she researched the development of the mouth-feel wheel for red wine and investigated the changes in polymeric pigment structure and composition with wine aging. Dr. Oberholster’s primary focus was on both wine and analytical chemistry with an emphasis on the influence different winemaking techniques have on phenol composition and quality. More specifically, she is interested in the polymeric pigment and tannin formation and composition, the development of techniques for the measurement thereof and their subsequent influence on mouth-feel.
Oberholster is currently involved in projects to investigate the influence of abiotic factors on grape tannin and norisoprenoid precursor (carotenoids) and chlorophyll development.
Professor Emeritus, Former Dean and Director of Wine Industry Programs
Smiley is a professor emeritus of management, former dean and director of wine industry programs at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He earned both a B.S. in engineering and an M.S. in business economics from UCLA; in 1973, he received his Ph.D. in economics from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Before joining UC Davis, Professor Smiley was on the faculty at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
He has been a consultant to a variety of public- and private-sector businesses, including Unisys Corporation, IBM, General Motors, Shearson/Lehman American Express, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Attorney General of the State of California and McCaw Cellular Communications. He is a member of the board of directors of Cakebread Cellars and Delicato Family Vineyards.
During his tenure as dean, from 1989 to 2003, the Graduate School of Management moved into the ranking of top 50 MBA programs in the nation by The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report. Under his leadership, the School successfully launched its MBA Program for Working Professionals that now has more than 450 students in two locations, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. He also launched the Business Partnership Program, which counts more than 50 regional companies supporting management education at the School.
The director of wine industry programs at UC Davis, Professor Smiley is a noted wine industry economist who studies global and national trends in the industry. He conducts an annual survey of wine industry insiders and CEOs of wineries, vineyards, distributors and wine sellers. He presents his research and findings at industry symposiums and conferences, and executive education programs for wine industry professionals.
Professor and Louis P. Martini Endowed Chair in Viticulture, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
Walker has been a faculty member of the Department of Viticulture and Enology since 1989, the same year he began breeding grapes.
Walker’s research program involves developing new rootstocks with resistance to fanleaf, dagger and root-knot nematodes and phylloxera. His lab studies include researching the genetics of resistance to these pests, their genetic diversity and aggressivity, and host/pest interactions of these pests with grape species. His lab is also actively involved in breeding table, raisin and wine grapes for resistance to Pierce’s disease and powdery mildew. Other lab activities include classical breeding and inheritance studies, the development of rapid resistance assays, field trials of promising rootstock and scion selections, DNA marker analysis and mapping, and genetic engineering.
Professor Walker serves as Chair of the Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group, which administers the M.S. degree in Viticulture and all applied plant programs.
Professor, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
An internationally recognized wine chemist, his research program focuses on phenolic compounds, in particular their effects on wine qualities and on the health of wine consumers. His current interests also include the effect of oxidation on wine chemistry and how this oxidation affects important quality parameters of wine, such as taste and color. Waterhouse is participating in the development of general analytical methodology of interest in wine analysis and has a variety of methods published in this area. He and his colleagues are currently applying a number of different methods to look at new grape and wine treatments being offered by various companies.
Professor Waterhouse received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He did postdoctoral studies at UC Berkeley, investigating natural pesticides. His first academic appointment was in the Chemistry Department at Tulane University, where his research program focused on structure-activity relationships of carbohydrates.
Waterhouse teaches UC Davis’ popular Introduction to Winemaking course, as well as more specialized courses for enologists, including a graduate-level course, Natural Products of Wine. He has received awards for wine research and has organized several symposia on the subjects of wine chemistry and wine and health.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis
Yetman was trained at the University of North Carolina, where she earned a Ph.D. in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.
Professor Yetman is an expert in the areas of financial accounting and valuation, the role of information in security markets, and non-profit accounting and tax issues. Her current for-profit sector research is focused on capital markets, specifically the reaction of individuals such as stock market investors to financial statements and other information signals from companies and markets. In her recent non-profit sector research, Professor Yetman explores the usefulness of financial disclosures in decision making. This analysis includes how low-quality data reported in financial disclosures impact its value and how regulatory and market-influenced governance have made such data more useful in decision making. Professor Yetman’s work has been published in leading academic accounting and economic journals. She teaches a core MBA course in financial accounting.
Professor, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis
Yetman received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches courses on taxes and business strategy, corporate governance, and the accounting industry. He has also has lectured on cost accounting at executive education programs for wine industry professionals.
Yetman is an expert on corporate tax, financial accounting, income tax, U.S. and international financial accounting, and non-profit accounting and tax issues. His research concentrates on the effect of taxes on business decisions and the response of non-profit organizations to economic incentives. He recently examined why some tax-exempt charities choose to be taxed on their unrelated business income, and how such behavior is not always driven by the desire to maximize profits. His research has been published in the Journal of Public Economics, The Accounting Review, The National Tax Journal and the Journal of the American Taxation Association.
Yetman is currently the faculty director of the master’s degree in professional accountancy program (MPAc). He was instrumental in launching this program at the Graduate School of Management, the first program among the 10 UC campuses.
Richard Mendelson specializes in alcohol beverage law and land use planning for wineries and vineyards. His clients include some of the most recognized names in the California wine industry and many of the excellent restaurants and hotels for which the Napa Valley has become famous.
Mendelson has special expertise in obtaining governmental approval for new and expanding wineries and in helping wineries and grape-growers meet local, state and federal alcohol beverage and land use requirements. He has extensive experience appearing before alcohol beverage regulatory authorities and in negotiating with their staffs. He also has played an integral part in the formation of Napa Valley’s various winegrowing appellations.
Mendelson’s experience in the wine industry began as a graduate student at Magdalen College, Oxford, which houses one of Europe’s largest wine cellars. In 1977 he completed the higher certificate course offered by the London Wine and Spirit Education Trust. He then moved to France to work as the assistant to the export director of Bouchard Aîné et Fils, a Burgundy wine shipper (1978-79). During and after law school, Mendelson worked in the legal department of Wine Institute. After three years of civil litigation practice in San Francisco (1983-86) and one year as an international trade consultant, he moved to Napa to pursue his representation of the vineyard and wine industry.
Mendelson is a founding member of the International Wine Law Association, headquartered in Paris, and served as its president from 1992 to 1995. He has lectured extensively on vineyard and wine law as part of the vineyard and wine law degree programs of the University of Aix-Marseille and the University of Bordeaux in France and at the University of California, Davis.
Mendelson is a member of Hospitaliers de Pomerol, a Bordeaux honorary wine society, and sits on the board of directors of the di Rosa Preserve (art collection) and the Oxbow School (high school arts education). Mendelson is also a grower and wine proprietor, producing Mendelson Pinot Gris and Muscat Canelli Dessert Wines. His first release, 1996 Pinot Gris Dessert Wine, scored 95 points in the Wine Spectator. He also is a metal sculptor, whose works have been exhibited in Northern California.
Despite a significant, long-term shortage of grapes and economic pressures that are putting the squeeze on profit margins, California wine industry leaders are cautiously optimistic about the future, according to two new surveys conducted by the University of California, Davis.
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