WOPN 2014 Moderators

Our seminars are as delicious as educational, and often explore somewhat controversial topics of the day. Our moderators are not only knowledgeable and industry experts, but skilled at keeping our panelists and audience on track and on time!

Katharine ColeKatherine Cole
Journalist, Author

Katherine Cole is wine columnist for The Oregonian newspaper, a frequent contributor to national publications such as Wine Spectator, and creator of Oregon Wine, the App, for iPhone, iPad and Android. Her new book is Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time. Katherine's previous book, Voodoo Vintners, explored the subject of biodynamic winegrowing in Oregon and around the world and was nominated for International Wine Book of the Year at the 2012 Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards. Katherine holds degrees from Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has studied with the International Sommelier Guild. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Don Kinnan, CSS, CWEDonald P. Kinnan, CSS, CWE
Secretary, Society of Wine Educators

For 30 years, Don Kinnan has been active in the fine wine trade, both on a business and personal level.  Having traveled frequently to the wine regions of Europe, South America, New Zealand and California, the depth of his knowledge has been enhanced by his own experience.

Kinnan joined Kobrand Corporation, a family-owned wine importer and marketing company, in 1985 covering the Washington, DC, Virginia and West Virginia areas.  In 1992, he was promoted to Director of Education and was responsible for Educational Services nationwide.  For the next 20 years, he conducted over 60 seminars, annually, for distributor sales forces, trade groups, and consumers.

Kinnan’s passion for wine is evidenced by his involvement in numerous professional organizations.  He has been cited by the U. S. Government for his role as founder of the Society for American Wines in Canada.  He founded and acted as President of the Decanter Club in Washington, DC, and frequently presents to groups such as the Society of Wine Educators, where he holds that organization’s highest credential, CWE (Certified Wine Educator).  He is also a member of the society’s executive committee and board of directors.  In 2012, Kinnan will be the lead instructor in the French Wine Society’s new Master Burgundy Certificate program.

Kinnan received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University and his masters from Johns Hopkins.  He had a long and distinguished military career in the US Army, from which he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  While in the Army, Kinnan graduated from the Defense Department’s Language Institute for French, the Command and General Staff College, and served as an instructor and, subsequently, as chief of the South East Asian Studies Section at the US Army Intelligence School.

Sara SchneiderSara Schneider
Wine Editor, Sunset Magazine

Sara Schneider is Sunset magazine’s first wine editor, responsible for tasting panels, food-and-wine pairing in the test kitchen, wine-related food and travel coverage, Sunset’s International Wine Competition, and the magazine’s wine club.

Sara writes a monthly column on food and wine pairing, trends, and issues in wine, as well as other wine-themed food and travel stories, and in 2007 co-authored the book California Wine Country, a Sunset Field Guide. She has judged many wine competitions, both on the West Coast and internationally. Sara has been nominated twice for James Beard Journalism Awards and holds the Academy of Wine Communication’s Certificate for Excellence in Wine Writing.

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