Speakers 2019

Matt Kramer

Matt Kramer is an American wine critic since 1976. He is a columnist for The Oregonian, was a columnist for The New York Sun before its demise in 2008, and previously for Los Angeles Times, and since 1985 is a regular contributor to Wine Spectator. He has been described as "perhaps the most un-American of all America's wine writers",[1] by Mike Steinberger as "one of the more insightful and entertaining wine writers around",[2] and by Hugh Johnson as "an intellectual guerrilla among wine writers".[3]

Among his publications are the books Making Sense of Wine (1989),[4] Making Sense of Burgundy (1990),[5] Making Sense of California Wine, (1992),[6] Making Sense of Italian Wine (2006)[7] and Matt Kramer on Wine.[8][9]

*Photo courtesy of Wine Spectator

Justin Howard-Sneyd

Justin started his own consultancy business (www.thehivewine.com) in 2012 and advises a wide range of wine businesses around the world, helping them to maximise their potential. Justin's major client is Laithwaite's Wine (aka Direct Wines), the world's largest and most successful Direct-to-consumer wine business, where he spent 3 years as the Global Wine Director. Prior to joining Laithwaite's, Justin spent 14 years as a wine buyer in the UK off-trade, including stints at supermarket chains Safeway and Sainsbury's. This culminated in almost 5 years in charge of the wine department at Waitrose, the UK's most successful premium supermarket where he led the team that garnered, and continues to garner, so many awards. In his early life, he worked in wine shops, ran a wine school, worked as a cellar-hand and assistant winemaker in 4 different countries. Since 2007, Justin has produced his own wine (www.domaineofthebee.com) from 4 hectares of vines in the Roussillon region of the South of France, near the village of Maury.

Courtesy of www.mastersofwine.org

Dr. Roger B Boulton

Dr. Boulton studies the chemical and biochemical engineering aspects of winemaking and distilled spirits production. His work involves fermentation and reaction kinetics; physical and chemical stability of wines; the mathematical modeling, computer simulation and control of enological operations; winery design (winemaking equipment selection, winery design and layout) and the economics of investment and operation. His current research involves a major effort into the phenomenon of copigmentation, a major color phenomenon in red wines, as well as fermentation interests involving juice composition and sulfide formation. Dr. Boulton's teaching covers the general areas of the physical and chemical stability of wines (VEN 126, 126L), the process equipment and winery design (VEN 135, 235), the production of distilled spirits from fermented beverages (VEN 140) and Biomanufacturing (ECH 160). Dr. Boulton is a member of the Jurade de Saint Emilion and was appointed the Stephen Sinclair Scott Endowed Chair in Enology in January 2000. In 2000 he was named among "the 50 Most influential people in the US Wine Industry" by Wines and Vines Magazine. In 1998, he and three colleagues (Vernon Singleton, Linda Bisson and Ralph Kunkee) received the Office International de la Vigne et du Vin (OIV) Prize in Oenology for their text The Principles and Practices of Winemaking. This text has been translated into Spanish and Chinese while still in its first edition. Dr. Boulton has been awarded the Outstanding Paper of the Year prize in the American Journal for Enology and Viticulture on four occasions, and was the Eminent Speaker in Chemical Engineering, chosen by the Australian Institute of Engineers in 1995. He has significant international involvement in the development of enology curricula, the teaching of short courses and advising wineries throughout the world. Dr. Boulton received both his Bachelor's and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Courtesy of http://wineserver.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/rbb.html

Paul Mabray

Paul has been in the wine and spirits industry for over twenty years. He has worked for Napa Ale Works, Niebaum-Coppola, and WineShopper/Wine.com. He was also the North American beverage consultant for Sumitomo Corporation of America from 2002 through 2005. He founded Inertia in 2002 as one of the first major companies created to connect wineries with consumers. From 2003 until 2008 he was CEO and responsible for creating the largest and most powerful e-commerce platform for the wine industry, the Rethink Engine. Paul’s desire to help revolutionize the wine industry by bridging the gap between wine and the digital world propelled him to establish VinTank.

Courtesy of https://grapecollective.com/articles/meet-paul-mabray-founder-of-vintank 

Sarah Heller

Sarah is a wine communicator, designer and consultant. Having worked in the New York wine trade while getting her degree at Yale, Sarah was then Executive Director of Hong Kong's Meiburg Wine Media for three years. She subsequently started her own firm through which she consults on Chinese distribution and e-commerce; Asian market-appropriate packaging design, branding and training materials; and F&B wine programme design. Sarah is also a journalist, writing for the South China Morning Post, Spirito di Vino and #legend magazines; her videos on Chinese app ShowMuse have 1 million+ views. Sarah regularly judges competitions like the CX HKIWSC and China’s Wine100. She won the 2013 Vintners’ Cup, is a SWE CSS and CSW and a VIA Italian Wine Ambassador.

Courtesy of https://www.mastersofwine.org/

Emma Jenkins

Having completed a BSc (Hons) in Anatomy and Structural Biology, Emma decided a more sociable career was in order and instead pursued her passion for wine.

She worked for seven years as a Fine Wine and Education Specialist at Scenic Cellars in Taupo, New Zealand's premier independent wine store and in that time studied Winemaking and Viticulture at Hawke's Bay's EIT.

In conjunction with Jane Skilton MW, Emma teaches both general education and the more specialized WSET courses to the trade and to consumers throughout the country.

Emma continues to hone her skills judging wine, both at local and international competitions is wine columnist for the Australian Women's Weekly NZ Edition and is editor of The Independent Wine Monthly, providing forthright independent commentary and reviews.

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Sam Harrop

I wear many hats in the wine world, but my approach is singular: to connect and affect others through my love and knowledge of wine.

In the last 20 years I have been privileged to work with some of the most talented and knowledgeable people in the global wine industry – from retailers and top scientists to passionate wine growers and enthusiastic consumers. These experiences have shaped my philosophy in wine and life: to challenge conventions.

Courtesy of samharropwine.com

Steve Smith MW

Steve Smith MW, was the first viticulturist (vine guy) in the world to become a Master of Wine. He’s done some serious wine stuff in his time. Planting and curating some of the greatest vineyards in New Zealand and co-founding and directing the prestigious Craggy Range Winery since its inception in 1999. He is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded wine people, both at home and on the world stage. It is his name and his reputation that is behind the wines of Smith and Co.

Courtesy of the Real Review

Geoff Thorpe

Geoff’s "passion for growing things" has been the driving force behind Riversun which started as a Gisborne based “backyard” nursery in 1981 growing kiwifruit and avocado plants. His tireless focus on plant health and quality has seen Riversun evolve from a small local business into the leading supplier of premium grafted grapevines to the New Zealand wine industry and large scale propagator of high health avocado trees and kiwifruit vines for North Island orchardists.

Courtesy of Riversun

Tim Hanni MW

A wine industry business consultant and lecturer, Tim Hanni has been involved with food and wine for over thirty years and is Managing Director of eCode.me and HanniCo LLC. Hanni coordinates various aspects of hospitality training and education, sales, marketing, and wine and food programs around the world. Author of Why you Like the Wines You Like and teaches Wine Business courses for Washington State University and via the Napa Valley Wine Academy.

Courtesy of www.mastersofwine.org

Yang Shen

Yang Shen is a key player in the Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines Division from luxury group LVMH. After other successful tenures leading some of the brand’s celebrated vineyards around the world, he is currently the Estate Director at Cloudy Bay in Marlborough, New Zealand.

Yang Shen was born in China but got into the wine world after studying in France -he has an Enology degree by the University of Montpellier; he is now based in New Zealand. In this exclusive interview with Wine Paths, he tells about Cloudy Bay’s commitment to making the best sparkling wine outside Champagne and more…

Courtesy of https://www.winepaths.com/Articles/Interviews/Yang-Shen 

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