KATHY ARNINK Kathleen Arnink’s main focus currently is teaching enology courses in the Cornell University Enology and Viticulture program in the Food Science department. Many of her courses are co-taught with faculty in Horticulture. In addition to developing courses in Enology for students in Cornell’s new undergraduate Enology and Viticulture major, she advises undergraduate students, and coordinates internship opportunities in the wine industry for enology students. Her research specialty is microbial ecology of yeasts and bacteria found in wines. One of her primary goals in her current position is to provide research experiences for undergraduate students. Kathy will teach the pre-conference "Winemaking From Grapes at Cornell University's Teaching Winery Boot Camp" and the post-conference "Pre- and Post-Fermentation Adjustments & Additives at Cornell University's Teaching Winery." She will lead the "WineMaker Workshop: Wine Defects" seminar.
DWAYNE BERSHAW Dwayne is a native of Idaho and received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho in 1993. He has an M.S. degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and while at UC Davis, specialized in Sensory Science and was a teaching assistant for many of the winemaking lab courses. Dwayne currently teaches advanced winemaking courses and introductory brewing and distilling courses and has an advanced (Level 3) award in Wines and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). He is currently working toward completion of the WSET Diploma certificate. Join Dwayne for "Must Adjustments and Treatments" seminar.
PETER BREHM is the owner of Brehm Vineyards where he has been helping amateur winemakers make better wine for over 45 years. He founded the retail shop Wine and the People in Berkeley, California in 1970 and began introducing home winemakers to fresh premium and ultra-premium grapes from renowned regions such as Carneros, Dry Creek, Stags Leap, Rutherford Bench, the Columbia River Gorge and Willamette Valley. In 1991 Peter created White Salmon Vineyard and Winery and assisted in the birth of the Columbia Gorge AVA. Brehm Vineyards is a leading provider of fresh and frozen grapes. Peter will answer your home vineyard questions in "Grape Growing Q & A: Ask the Experts"
DAVID BREEDEN With experience developed in wineries throughout the Finger Lakes, Dave can always be found in our winery or lab, gently and patiently tending to the fermentation and aging of our wines while caring for our tanks, barrels and equipment. Armed with two degrees in chemistry and two in philosophy, Dave not only brings us expertise in the wine lab and on the crush pad, he also can be heard waxing poetic virtues of everything from Plato’s cave to contemporary third-party politics. Join David as he leads Friday's "Making Ice Wine" seminar and gives tips and techniques on how to best capature making ice wine at home and later the same day discusses the three main techniques to make rosé - saignée, blending, and early pressing – along with local rosé samples produced using each of the three techniques discussed in the "3 Ways to Rosé " WineMaker Workshop.
CHIK BRENNEMAN is the Winery Manager and Winemaker for the University of California-Davis, as well as an enthusiastic home winemaker. He is responsible for supporting the teaching and research winemaking activities at the University. In any given harvest he will make wine from over 50 different varietals. Chik also writes the “Varietal Focus” column in every issue of WineMaker magazine. Prior to coming to UC–Davis he worked as the Production Lab Manager for Woodbridge Winery in Lodi. He has worked as Cellarmaster for both Amador Foothill Winery and Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley after receiving his Master’s Degree in Enology in 1998. Chik will lead the "To Oak or Not to Oak" seminar and "Understanding pH & Acidity". He will be part of the "Advanced Troubleshooting: Ask the Experts” Q & A session answering your technical winemaking questions. He will lead the pre-conference “Home Wine Lab Tests Boot Camp” and post-conference "Meadmaking Boot Camp" on Sunday.
MEAGHAN FRANK Meaghan Frank is the fourth generation of the Frank family to manage Dr. Konstantin Frank's Winery, specializing in producing premium and super-premium wines in the Finger Lakes region of New York. After graduating in 2011 from the school of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, she decided that her career path would be in the wine industry. For two years she worked and studied in Adelaide, Australia where she earned her Masters degree in Wine Business. After returning home to the Finger Lakes, Meaghan returned to Cornell for a MPS degree in enology which she completed in January 2016. She has earned her WSET Level 3 award of wine and spirits and is currently working towards the WSET Level 4 Diploma. Her great-grandfather Konstantin started the winery in 1962 and was the first person to successfully grow vitis vinifera (Euopean species) varieties in the Eastern United States. Meaghan is enthusiastic about the Finger Lakes wine industry and excited to carry on her family's legacy. Learn more from Meaghan about the history of winemaking in the Finger Lakes and where it is headed next during Friday's Lunch & Keynote Address.
SAYRE FULKERSON Sayre Fulkerson opened up Fulkerson Winery in 1989, but has been in the grape juice business since 1979 when he bought Jensen Juice from Glenora Wine Cellars with his wife Nancy. Grapes came to play at a larger scale in the 1960's and 70's when Sayre expanded grape plantings with his father, Roger, on their farm on the west side of Seneca Lake in Dundee, NY. Sayre Fulkerson has lived in the Finger Lakes region his whole life and the Fulkerson farm has been established since 1805, making Sayre the 6th generation to farm the land. The Fulkerson Home Wine Making Shop has been greatly expanded and continues to expand every year. Sayre's son, Steven, has recently come on board and is now part owner of the established family business. This year, Sayre was presented the "Grower Award", which recognizes vineyardists who have made exceptional contributions to the New York grape and wine industry. Sayre has always been a reliable industry partner and has and continues to support many organizations including the New York State Wine Grape Growers, New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Join Sayre for "Making Great Wine from Juice" on Friday where he shares his key tips and techniques on how to craft your own great wine at home from juice.
CHRIS GERLING Chris Gerling is an Extension Associate in the department of Food Science. He works with the New York beverage industries to create educational programs that support the growth and improved quality of premium wines, ciders and distilled spirits throughout the state. He is the manager of the Vinification & Brewing Technology lab, where fermentations are conducted in collaboration with research projects and applied trials; and the New York Wine Analytical Lab, where products may be submitted for troubleshooting, routine analysis or sensory appraisal. He also organizes and conducts workshops, trainings and seminars that focus on production and analytical techniques for farm-based beverages. Chris has an MS in Food Science and a BS in Communication, both from Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Before this position, he worked for Anthony Road Wine Company in Penn Yan, NY. Chris will lead the "Basics of Wine Analysis" seminar on Friday and join him on Saturday for the "Basics of Wine Analysis" seminar. He will run the pre-conference "Cidermaking at Cornell University's Teaching Orchard" boot camp.
WES HAGEN received his training from the University of California-Davis extension program. He is consulting winemaker and brand ambassador for J. Wilkes Wines. Michael Cervin of Decanter Magazine recently declared Wes one of the most influential winemakers in the United States. Wes has grown and made wines that have scored 92+ in every major wine publication in the US. He also covers the world of hobby vineyards for WineMaker magazine writing our "Backyard Vines" column in every issue for the last 15 years. Wes offers home vineyard consulting, as well. He will be leading winemakers with: "What's the Right Grape to Grow on Your Land" seminar, as well as answering questions in "Grape Growing Ask the Experts" Q & A. Wes will be running the pre-conference "Backyard Grape Growing Boot Camp" and will also appear as Saturday's lunch keynote, "The History of Wine in 20 Minutes".
CHRIS HOLMAN Chris Holman has been making wine professionally since 2006, which has led him to work in regions such as the Niagara Peninsula, Okanagan Valley, McLaren Vale South Australia, and Tasmania. Chris earned a 2 year diploma at Niagara College in Winemaking and Viticulture in 2008 and more recently he received a 4 year B.Sc degree majoring in Oenology and Viticulture at Brock University in 2015. Chris will lead the "Wine Kit First Aid" seminar and also "Experimenting With Wine Kits" on Saturday.
ANNA KATHARINE MANSFIELD Anna Katharine Mansfield is an Associate professor of enology at Cornell’s NYSAES in Geneva, NY. She first worked in the wine industry in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley, received graduate degrees at Virginia Tech and the University of Minnesota, and served as the first Enology Project leader at the University of Minnesota from 2001-2008. Mansfield returned to the east coast in 2009, and currently focuses her efforts in aiding small regional wineries through enology extension, wine sensory evaluation, and research on hybrid wine phenolics and fermentation nutrition. Join Anna Katharine on Saturday to hear her seminar "Yeast Nutrition". She is also teaching the pre-conference "Hybrid Grape Winemaking".
DANIEL PAMBIANCHI is WineMaker magazine's Technical Editor reviewing all articles for accuracy. Many hobby winemakers are very familiar with his popular book "Techniques in Home Winemaking" as well as his "Advanced Winemaking" column in every issue of WineMaker. Daniel will be part of Friday's "General Troubleshooting: Ask the Experts" Q & A session as well as Saturday's "Advanced Troubleshooting: Ask the Experts" Q & A session. He will also lead "Wine Chem 101" and "Advanced SO2 Management" seminars on Friday. Daniel is leading the "Bottling and Closures seminar on Saturday and teaching the pre-conference "Wine Chem 101" Boot Camp and Sunday's post-conference "Wine Chem 201" Boot Camp.
TOM PAYETTE, a premier hands-on and analytical winemaking consultant, serves clients throughout the Eastern U.S. and internationally. His extended expertise focuses on winery and vineyard start-ups and expansions, still and sparkling wine production, and general winery issues. Tom has 25 well-rounded years of experience in still and sparkling wine production in Virginia along with seven years of experience in ultra-premium Bordeaux varietal wine production in Napa, California and has his Food Science Degree from Virginia Tech. He He will be teaching the post-conference "Starting Up a Commercial Winery & Going Pro Boot Camp".
BOB PEAK Before joining The Beverage People in 2003, he was General Manager at Vinquiry, a wine testing laboratory in Windsor, California. Bob holds a degree in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College and has pursued additional studies in wine at Santa Rosa Junior College and the University of California-Davis extension. Bob has a 1/3 acre hobby vineyard where he grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and writes the "Techniques" column for the magazine. Bob will lead the new pre-conference "All-Grain Homebrewing Boot Camp" and post-conference "Judging & Scoring Wines Boot Camp." He will also be part of the "General Troubleshooting: Ask the Experts" panel. Bob will guide the conference seminar "Science of Food and Wine Pairing" and will also lead Saturday's "Calibrating Your Wine Equipment" seminar.
GILLIAN TRIMBER is the Viticulture Community Educator for the Finger Lakes Grape Program, a regional Cornell Cooperative Extension team. Gillian acts as the primary contact person for new or potential grape growers in the Finger Lakes, and manages the Teaching and Demonstration Vineyard in Dresden, NY. In addition, she assists in field research, teaches numerous hands-on workshops, and organizes grower meetings and outreach. She will lead "The Vine Balancing Act" seminar on Friday and be part of the "Grape Growing Q&A: Ask The Experts".
PAMELA ZORN discovered cheese making just over 10 years ago when her mother needed a sheet of mozzarella and fell in love with the art. She has been teaching classes at her shop,Wine & Whey, in Denver for over 3 years now. Pamela believes everyone should learn to make cheese and has made it her goal to get the word out! Pamela is almost completely self taught but studies continuously to improve her skills and pass them on to her students. Join Pamela for the pre-conference "Home Cheesemaking Boot Camp."