2018 WGA Annual Leadership Luncheon


Day:      Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Time:    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where:  Hyatt Regency
                 Capitol View Room

Join us for our annual Leadership Luncheon, taking place during the Unified Symposium. 

Email Jenny Devine-Smith.


Damien Wilson, the Hamel Family Faculty Chair of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University,  arrived in California in 2015, following 20 years of professional experience in the production, distribution, promotion, sales and service fields of the wine sector. 

Richard R. Smith Distinguished Service Award

We will once again honor an individual with the
Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award

Richard (Rich) Smith of Paraiso Vineyards and Smith Family Wines in the Monterey region was first and foremost a family man who was also a successful grape grower, winery owner, and colleague to all. For decades Rich was a highly effective, collegial, selfless and respected leader in the American grape and wine industry. He devoted significant money, time, and energy to many industry organizations created to further the common good, spreading good will wherever he went and with whomever he talked.

Three of those organizations—National Grape & Wine Initiative, WineAmerica, and Winegrape Growers of America—have, in the spirit of Rich, collaborated to create a Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award to honor his legacy and recognize other people who demonstrate similar qualities and contributions. 

Please click here for the criteria and guidelines that will be used to nominate and select recipients of this award.