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We asked the Officer Team, why Wine and Viticulture and Vines to Wines? See their answers below!

Vines to Wines - 2015-2016 Officer Team

Charlie Cook

President

Charlie Cook

cgcook@calpoly.edu
From: Columbus, OH
4th year
“Sensory experiences with food and wine have been some of the most memorable moments in my life.  As a kid I wanted to be a farmer, so it just kind of fell into place that I landed in the wine industry.”

jake castellanos

Vice President

Paul Mawdsley

pmawdsle@calpoly.edu
From: Austin, Texas
4th year
“Lifelong interest in agriculture and a food/wine appreciation from being the son of a chef.  The wine industry is full of passionate and incredibly fun individuals and I love harvest season.”

Melissa Egger

Secretary

Melissa Egger

megger@calpoly.edu
From: Shawnee, Kansas
3rd year
“My love of horticulture combined with growing up around a wine-loving family helped me find the wine industry.  It’s fun to be a part of an industry growing around the world with people who are so excited about their careers.”

Nicolette Rato

Treasurer

Nicolette Ratto

ncratto@gmail.com
From: Sonoma County, CA
4th year
“Growing up in the beautiful Sonoma wine region made me very curious about the industry.  One of the many reasons of why I love this industry is because of the people.  The people in our industry are talented and so passionate about what they do, whether is involve winemaking, viticulture, or sales.  And with a relatively small industry comes a special camaraderie between those involved. “

Kyann Varvel

Social Chair

Kyann Varvel

kvarvel@calpoly.edu
From: Arroyo Grande, CA
2nd year
“I stumbled upon the industry unexpectedly.  One of my teachers would go around trying to guess your future profession and she had told me I would be in the wine industry someday.  My plan for as long as I could remember was graphic design so something in agriculture seems completely foreign.  After researching and volunteering I fell in love with the industry and haven’t looked back since.”  

Kirby Ruback

Volunteer Coordinator

Kirby Ruback

kruback@calpoly.edu
From: Trabuco Canyon, CA
2nd year
“I was in search of not your typical desk job, and a very hands on college curriculum.  I also love anything with a culinary aspect too.  It’s a tight-knit but continuously growing industry.  Small town feel with a global impact. “

Brynn Bradley

Winemakers Dinner Chair

Brynn Bradley

bwbradle@calpoly.edu
From: San Carlos, CA
4th year
“After my first harvest internship experience I was extremely interested in wine.  It’s a growing and it’s fun industry to work in. “

Nic Dermutz

Food Chair

Niclas Dermutz

ndermutz@calpoly.edu
From Salzburg, Austria
2nd year
“I have a deep interest in nature and looking for a hands on job.  It’s a growing industry full of potential for future winemakers.”

Josh Gonzalez

Food Chair

Josh Gonzales

jgonz171@calpoly.edu
Monterey, CA
2nd year
“My track coach owns a winey and I fell in love with the vineyard when I first visited.  The wine industry is fun to learn about and fun to work in. “

Brad Kurtz

Ag Council Rep

Nick Paiva

npaiva@calpoly.edu
From: Roseville, CA
“I was interested in sales and traveling.  I get to meet people of all shapes and sizes and learn their stories!”

Lauren Kelly

Ag Council Rep

Lauren Kelly

lkelly06@calpoly.edu
4th year 
From: Tuolumne County, CA
"I transfered here from Tuolumne County, which is where I fell in love with wine growing.  Wine is the perfect blend of rugged farming, dirty cellar work and an ever-growing devotion to beauty and life.  This industry holds the wisdom of the centuries and the promise of the futures; it never ceases to inspire. " 

Vince Kelsey

Department Liason

Vince Kelsey

v.kelsey@gmail.com
From: Saratoga, CA
4th year
“Making wine at home with my dad and grandfather really helped spark my interest in the industry.  It’s the best combination of work hard and play hard. “

Kate Barrett

Winemakers Dinner Assistant Chair

Kate Barrett

kbarre02@calpoly.edu
From: Kitsap, WA
4th year
“My life growing up around people who love wine and the industry is how I got interested.  The combination of romance and grit that defines everything in this industry. We’re always tired with calloused hands and dirty shoes but we work amongst some breathtaking scenery and we eat and drink like Kings”

jake castellanos

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Jean Dodson Peterson

jdodsonp@calpoly.edu


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