Wine educator Ray Johnson has recently taken up the post of Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. The Wine Business Institute focuses on the challenges of marketing and business in the wine industry. I recently attended a celebration commemorating the change at Balletto Vineyards in Santa Rosa. Faculty, students and alumni alike were gathered on the Balletto patio at sunset for sipping pinot noir, mingling and a few words of thanks from the new director.
Johnson has been involved in wine education for many years and has taught classes at both UC Berkeley and Santa Rosa Junior college. Some of you may know him from his turn as a professional wine judge and as the Director of the San Francisco Wine Competition. Ray is also the author of The Good Life Guide to Enjoying Wine and the accessible and informative wine blog.