Master of Science, Enology, University of California, Davis MS Thesis: Factors affecting Wine Body

Bachelor of Arts, Botany-Plant Physiology, California State University, Humboldt

Publications: Noble, A. C., and G. F. Bursick. The contribution of glycerol to perceived viscosity and sweetness in white wine. Am J. Enol. Vitic. 35:90-92 (1984)

Curriculum Vitae Vinifera

  • 1970 - “…dragging hoses for $5.26 an hour” at Beringer worked under winemaking legend Myron Nightingale.
  • 1976 - Member of the now-famous UC Davis class that changed the face of modern California winemaking.
  • 1977 - Vice President/Winemaker McDowell Valley Vineyards, Hopland, Ca.
  • 1980 - First varietal release of Syrah in California from ancient vines long mis-identified.
  • 1985 - Joins Ferrari-Carano design/build team as Director of Winemaking
  • 1985 - Among the first to bring in ENTAV clones from the France’s viticultural authority.
  • 1986 - Wine Spectator magazine names the 1985 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay “Wine of the Year”
  • 1986 - Major expansion of Ferrari-Carano.
  • 1987 - Flagship meritage blend Tresor introduced
  • 1989 - Sienna introduced, “a Sonoma Super Tuscan,”
  • 2006 - leaves Ferrari-Carano to focus on his growing consulting business. Among his clients, J Vineyards & Winery
  • 2006 - Joins J as Vice-President of Winemaking
  • 2006 - J Vineyards launches new era of wine production
  • 2011 - Leaves J to focus on the opportunities and variety afforded by the clients of his consulting business

A Life in Wine