Clark Smith

Former Judge, The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Clark Smith

Clark Smith

Winemaker Clark Smith, of Two Jakes of Diamonds and his own WineSmith, has for four decades applied his talents as a consulting winemaker, inventor, author, musician, videographer, and teacher to the Wine Industry throughout the globe. His popular “Fundamentals of Wine Chemistry” short course created at UC Davis has received rave reviews from 4,000 winemaking professionals over its 29-year run.

Smith directs the Best of Appellation awards for AppellationAmerica.com where he explores the flavor profiles of winegrowing regions across North America. Founding Winemaker for R. H. Phillips in the 1980s, he began WineSmith Consulting in 1990 and founded Vinovation, Inc. in 1992 to commercialize new winemaking technologies including ultrafiltration and micro-oxygenation and holds patents for VA removal and alcohol adjustment via reverse osmosis.

Clark holds two Adjunct Professorships, directing ground-breaking consumer research and teaching wine appreciation online for Florida International University and Wine Technology at CSU Fresno. He represented the U.S. delegation for a decade at the O.I.V. Groupe d’Experts Sur la Technologie du Vin and is recognized as the world’s foremost authority on the relationship of wine and music.

Smith and U.C. Press turned the industry on its head with his revolutionary book, Postmodern Winemaking, Wine & Spirits Magazine’s 2013 Book of the Year.