We are proud to have an excellent Advisory Board that guides our decisions regarding content and speakers.
Tina is an experienced editor and writer, currently freelancing in wine, food and lifestyle subjects. For almost eight years she served as editor-in-chief of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine and, before that, she was managing editor of Wines & Vines magazine. Tina also produces and hosts her own podcast, Winemakers Drinking Beer.
George is president of the Wine Industry Network, THE business resource for the wine industry. Winery and viticulture professionals use WIN for free to research products and services from premium industry suppliers, find contact and product information, and receive free supplier news, deals, and updates. George is also managing partner of Saini Vineyards.
Ray is Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. His role includes operational oversight of the Wine Spectator Learning Center, scheduled to open on campus in 2017. Ray is also Assistant Director of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Director of the People’s Choice Wine Awards of Lake County
Nancy is Vice President of Communications at the Wine Institute, a public policy association of 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses dedicated to enhancing the environment for the responsible consumption and enjoyment of wine. Prior to her work at the Wine Institute, Nancy was Public Relations Manager at Kobrand Corporation and Vice President of Public Relations at Robert Mondavi.
Paul Wagner is president of Balzac Communications & Marketing and is also an instructor for Napa Valley College’s Viticulture and Enology department, Sonoma State’s Wine Business Program, and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Paul has judged many national and international wine competitions and, with Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, hosts “Bottle Talk”, a weekly conversation about wine.
January is Executive Director and was previously Event Director of Texas Hill Country Wineries, which represents 51 wineries in the popular (5 million annual visitors) Texas Hill Country. Prior to that she served as Hospitality Manager at Flat Creek Estate. Her major experience in the wine industry came via almost 18 years spent at her family’s winery, JanKris.