Opening General Session

The Opening General Session will be moderated by Damien Wilson.

Quality – The Cornerstone of Craft

Quality is the element upon which all others are built. From careful production to reliable distribution to consistent flavors, quality flows throughout the business of craft. Join our panel of producers as they examine what constitutes quality and how they have defined themselves within this element of craft.



Damien Wilson

Hamel Family Chair of Wine Business Education Sonoma State University

Bruce Nissen

Co-Founder LDB Beverage Company

Josh Jensen

Proprietor/Winemaker/Generalissimo Calera Wine Company

Matthew Hofmann

Co-Founder, Master Distiller Westland Distillery

Vinnie Cilurzo

Owner/Brewer Russian River Brewing Company