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Wine Business Institute Research Summit July 10


Industry Leaders to gather at Sonoma State University for inaugural research and education conference of wine professionals and academic scholars

Sonoma County, California – The Wine Business Institute in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University will host the inaugural Wine Business Institute Research Summit themed “The Shifting Landscape in the Wine Industry” on July 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Wine Spectator Learning Center at SSU. The conference will include six 15-minute sessions designed and delivered in a Ted Talk-like format followed by a Q&A and audience engagement.

Confirmed speakers will include Dr. Armand Gilinsky, Korbel Professor of Wine Business; Brian Clements, vice president and partner at Turrentine Brokerage and WBI board member; Stephen Rannekleiv, global sector strategist beverages at Rabobank; Dr. Robert Eyler, professor of Economics and dean of the School of Extended and International Education; Dr. David McCuan, professor of Political Science; Dr. Liz Thach, MW, Distinguished Professor of Wine; Dr. Damien Wilson, Hamel Family Chair of Wine Business; SSU adjunct faculty members Joel Miller and Samual Riewe; and Blake Chauvin, first vice president of Alliant Insurance Services. Confirmed attendees represent winegrowers and wine brands from Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties, San Francisco, and the state of Washington, among others.

The Summit is an opportunity for industry professionals and academic scholars to connect and have a dialogue about how we can leverage the research expertise of Wine Business Institute faculty and market insights of our partners to tackle current issues faced by practitioners across the wine value chain,” said Ray Johnson, executive director of the Wine Business Institute.


Wine Business Institute Faculty and Board Members at Sonoma State University
Rabo AgriFinance


Wine Business Institute Research Summit, consisting of 15-minute Ted Talk format presentations under the following headings:

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Mitigating Risk Associated with Catastrophic Events
  • Wine Preferences of the “Z” Generation
  • Reading the Tea Leaves of Consumer Data
  • Market Insights from Rabo AgriFinance
  • Political and Economic Climate 


Wine Spectator Learning Center
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928


Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Media is encouraged to attend the conference sessions. Please RSVP by emailing Valery Vue at [email protected].

About the Wine Business Institute:

The Wine Business Institute is an education and research institute of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University. SSU is the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. to offer seminars, certificates, and degree programs focused on the business of wine. It is the first school of business in the world to offer an executive-level wine business degree. In 2018, the Wine Business Institute opened the doors to its new home, the Wine Spectator Learning Center, a 15,000-square-foot education complex dedicated to training the next generation of leaders for a changing global wine industry. With its unique location, expert faculty, and deep relationships in the world of wine, WBI attracts current and future professionals from California and around the world to experience the wealth of connections among students, alumni, and industry leaders.

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