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Expert in Wine and Spirits Production, Winery and Distillery Design, Wine and Spirits Sensory Analysis

Expert ID: 723134 Maine, USA

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With extensive experience in a wide range of winemaking and spirits styles, expert welcomes the opportunity to discuss your project. From winery design to production to sensory analysis to problem solving, he has the knowledge to create a solution that fits his clients’ needs. He has a strong education in winemaking having earned a MS in Food Science, enology specialization, from the University of California at Davis. After gaining experience in Napa with Pine Ridge Winery, Expert became assistant winemaker, then winemaker, for Chateau Morrisette in Virginia. During his time with Chateau Morrisette, sales and production grew from 18,000 cases per year to nearly 60,000 cases per year in five years. In addition, he co-designed a new award winning winery and greatly improved wine quality over a range of wines from $8 to $25/bottle. Expert traveled to Sichuan China to design and build a large new winery for CP Group of Thailand. There he proved that quality wines meeting world standards could be made in China. He moved to Long Island New York to be winemaker for Jamesport Vineyards, a small estate focused producer of quality wines. At Jamesport, expert streamlined the production process while creating wines that garnered the winery more awards and higher sales. Drawn to the startup winery/distillery environment, he managed winery design and production for Empire Winery and Distillery in Florida. This position enabled him to gain exposure to the practical side of still design and operation. Next, expert was winemaker and distiller for Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton Massachusetts. Nashoba is a recognized leader in fruit wines and hand crafted spirits and this position has enabled Expert to gain greater insight into their production, marketing, and customers. Currently, expert is owner, winemaker, and distiller of his own winery/distillery producing fine fruit wines and a highly regarded gin

He was able to successfully complete winery design and construction, train staff, and make quality wine in a very short time period while working in China. All the while making the transition to a new culture and language. Expert served as a business planning and technical advisor for a startup vodka distillery.He provided spirits formulation (gin, vodka, rum, wines), technical consulting, and personnel training for a multi-product Bahamas based distillery. Expert guided development of a startup vodka distillery from raw material selection, equipment procurement, technical training, to packaging.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Portland, Maine

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1995 Degree: MS Subject: Food Science/Enology Institution: University of California at Davis
Year: 1987 Degree: BS Subject: Computer Science Institution: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Year: 1987 Degree: BS Subject: Mathematics Institution: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2005 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner/Winemaker/Distiller Department: Current Responsibilities: All aspects of business and production management for a premium producer of fruit wines and spirits.
Years: 2004 to 2005 Employer: Nashoba Valley Winery Title: Winemaker Department: Distillery Responsibilities: All aspects of wine and spirits production from incoming fruit to distribution.
Years: 2003 to 2004 Employer: Empire Wine and Distillery Title: Winemaker Department: Wine Responsibilities: Winery and distillery design and winemaking.
Years: 2001 to 2002 Employer: Jamesport Vineyards Title: Winemaker Department: Winery Responsibilities: Complete control over all aspects of winemaking for premium wine producer.
Years: 2000 to 2000 Employer: CP Group/Chai Tai Winery Title: Winemaker Department: Winery Responsibilities: Winery design and winemaking for a startup winery is Sichuan China.
Years: 1995 to 2000 Employer: Chateau Morriestte Winery Title: Winemaker Department: Winery Responsibilities: Complete control over all aspects of winemaking for Virginia's largest winery.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2000 to 2000 Country / Region: China/Sichuan Summary: He completed design work, construction, supervised harvest, and made wines to international standards.

Additional Experience

Vendor Selection
Extensive experience equiping new facilities and interfacing with vendors of all winery equipment and supplies.
Marketing Experience
Have brought new wines and spirits from concept to production, blending, bottling, and sales.

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