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World Renowned Faculty and Wine Business Experts

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Led by a mix of renowned UC Davis faculty and industry thought-leaders, the rigorous curriculum includes in-depth sessions on marketing, financial management, winemaking fundamentals, cost analysis and control, vineyard and winery operations and management, the latest in grape and wine research, and legal issues in the wine industry.

The intimate classroom environment and interaction give you the opportunity to network with your peers and tap the expertise of our speakers.


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Douglas O. Adams
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.

Dr. 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.

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Tom Adams
Director; Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

Tom Adams is a Director in the firm’s Land Use department with 15 years of experience providing legal counsel as both in-house and outside counsel to a wide range of clients.  Tom’s practice focuses on collaborating with and advising his clients on permitting and regulatory compliance strategies to meet the clients’ business objectives.

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Ashwin Aravindakshan
Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Aravindakshan’s research interests center on learning how brands can better allocate their advertising resources (e.g. budgets, creatives etc.) across different regions and/or multiple media over time. In addition to studying such dynamic advertising models his research also investigates the dynamics of customer behavior and loyalty to help managers devise better communication and targeting policies in order to optimize their marketing mix at the individual level.

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David E. Block
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, Professor Block’s 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.

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Kimberly Elsbach
Professor of Management and Stephen G. Newberry Endowed Chair in Leadership, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis

Professor 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.

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Andrew Hargadon
Professor of Management, Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship, Director of UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Andrew Hargadon is a professor of management and director of technology management programs at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He is also founding director of the UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship and UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center. He was recently named the first recipient of the Charles J. Soderquist Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship.

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Bahaneh Hobel
Senior Alcohol Beverage Counsel; Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

Bahaneh Hobel is Senior Alcohol Beverage Counsel at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty.  Bahaneh’s practice focuses exclusively on all aspects of alcohol beverage law and regulation for wineries, breweries, distilled spirits plants, importers, wholesalers and retailers.  Bahaneh’s areas of expertise include state and federal licensing, tied house laws, state and federal labeling regulations and approvals, changes in control and winery/brewery/distillery sales, franchise laws, distribution agreements, winemaker agreements, trade practices including advertising, sponsorships and specia

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Amy Hoopes
Chief Marketing Officer/EVP Global Sales, Wente Family Estates

Amy Hoopes is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer of Wente Family Estates. She oversees all global marketing and sales operations for the family-owned wine portfolio including Wente Vineyards, Entwine, Murrieta’s Well, Double Decker, and Hayes Ranch, as well as for the lifestyle operations, The Course, The Restaurant and the Concerts at Wente Vineyards.

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Andrew Kamphuis
President & COO, WineDirect

As our President & COO, Andrew is responsible for operations, including technology development and integration of our full suite of services. In this capacity, Andrew is responsible for defining, creating and delivering best-in-class commerce, telesales, fulfillment, and enterprise product offerings. He enjoys being hands-on, designing software and programming for both WineDirect and Vin65.

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Erle Martin
Wine Industry Expert

Erle Martin is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Crimson Wine Group, which owns and operates a portfolio of fine wineries that represent the best of the appellations in which they reside: Pine Ridge Vineyards in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, Archery Summit in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Chamisal Vineyards in the Edna Valley on California’s Central Coast, Seghesio Family Vineyards in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, and Double Canyon in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills.

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Anita Oberholster
Cooperative Extension Specialist in Enology, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis

During her Ph.D. studies at Adelaide University in Australia, Dr. Oberholster 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.

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Robert H. Smiley
Professor Emeritus, Former Dean and Director of Wine Industry Programs

Professor Robert Smiley is Director of Wine Industry Programs at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, and Dean and Professor Emeritus 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.

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John Trinidad
Attorney; Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

John Trinidad works with the Wine Law, Alcohol Beverage, Business, Geographical Indications and Intellectual Property groups. During his time at DP&F, he has advised wine industry clients on a broad range of issues related to operating vineyards and wineries, including wholesaler agreements and franchise laws; social media and tied house issues; grape purchase, custom crush, and third party marketing agreements; trademark registration and brand protection; and purchase and sale of winery brands and assets.  He has also counseled clients in responding to audits from the U.S.

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Andrew L. Waterhouse
Professor, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis

An internationally recognized wine chemist, Professor Waterhouse’s 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.

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Robert Yetman
Professor, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis

Professor 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.

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