Walt Klenz Wine Business Speakers


About the Series:

The series was established in 2005 through a pledge originally made by Beringer Blass Wine Estates to honor CEO Walt Klenz upon his retirement. The endowment supports a bi-annual lecture, hosted by the institute and sponsored by Treasury Wine Estates. The series brings world-famous wine makers and wine industry professionals to the UC Davis campus, community, and student body to share their unique perspectives, insights and experiences in the wine business.

Past Speakers

  • Peter Byck
    Founder and CEO, WX (formerly Winery Exchange)
  • Merry Edwards
    Owner, Merry Edwards Winery
  • Peter Granoff
    Co-founder, Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant
  • Zelma Long
    Owner, Vilafonté Vineyards
  • Richard Mendleson
    Director, Wine Law and Policy Program UC Berkeley
  • David Pearson
    CEO and President, Opus One
  • Don St. Pierre, Jr.
    Co-Founder, ASC Fine Wines
  • Jean-Michel Valette
    Chairman, Vinfolio