Instructor Bios

Douglas Adams, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis and an associate biochemist at the Agriculture Experiment Station. His research is related to the biochemstiry of fruit ripening in grapes and the physiological and environmental factors that influence fruit composition. His most recent work has been aimed at understanding the tannin composition of red wine grape varieties and how they combine with pigments during winemaking.

Mike Anderson is a research associate with the Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis. He is also involved with a commercial grape nursery and a winery.

John Buechsenstein has been a winemaker and wine educator for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience making wine in the Napa Valley and other wine growing regions of the California coast. Buechsenstein's passion for wine has taken him to the wine regions of Bordeaux, Champagne, Paris and Rhone Valley in France

Jill Davis has been making wine professionally in Sonoma County and the Napa valley for the past 25 years at wineries ranging in size from 500 cases to 200,000 cases. She holds a degree in Fermentation Science from UC Davis. Her wines are widely respected and have received many awards. Throughout her career she has been a frequent lecturer on wine and wine production.

Donald Frazer began his winemaking career in 1978 at Charles Krug Winery and by 1980 had risen to production manager. In 1982, he moved to Sonoma County and spent the next 25 years as winemaker and general manager at Belvedere, de Lorimier and then Mosaic wineries. He has extensive experience in all aspects of viticulture, winemaking and winery management. He currently consults for vineyards and wineries on his own and through Vinquiry, an independent wine analysis and consulting firm.

Nichola Hall is currently a staff scientist for Scott Laboratories in Petaluma, Calif., and a co-winemaker for Mathew Bruno Wines in Rutherford, Calif. She earned her undergraduate degree in microbial biotechnology and a Ph.D. in yeast physiology and fermentation science from the University of Abertay Dundee. 

Pat Henderson is the owner/proprietor of About Wine Consulting and has a degree in fermentation science from UC Davis.

Hildegarde Heymann is a professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis.

James T. Lapsley, Ph.D., has worked as a continuing education specialist at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education for more than 25 years. He is the author of Bottled Poetry, a history of fine wine production in California and is the former owner of a small winery in Woodland, California. Along with Kirby Moulton, Ph.D., he co-authored the wine economics book, Successful Wine Marketing, which won an international book prize for wine.

Kristin Lowe, Ph.D., is the owner of Vine Balance Consulting. She previously worked for a Napa-based consulting company, assisting growers with pest management, fertilization, irrigation, viticulture practices, and vineyard development plans.

Bryan Parker, Ph.D., has been the winemaker at Alderbrook Winery since 2003. He previously held winery positions at Harford Court Winery as a harvest intern, Beringer Vineyards as research enologist and Pine Ridge Winery as assistant winemaker. Parker has also served on several committees, including those for Unified Symposium and American Vineyard Foundation.

Grady Wann, Ph.D., is the program director for the Winemaking Certificate Program. He has previously taught courses on the chemistry of winemaking and organic chemistry. Wann spent 25 years working in the wine industry as a research enologist, winemaker, winery manager and consultant before joining UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education in 2008.

If you have a question about the content of the courses or how to proceed through the program, please feel free to send an email or call (530) 757-8899.