Team of Experts

Aaron Silverstein

Aaron Silverstein

Enologist / Director of Sales
Aaron graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Enology and Viticulture. Over the last ten years he has worked in production roles at wineries in the United States and Spain, and at breweries and distilleries in the United States. In 2017, he joined Advanced Beverage Technologies’ ConeTech team as a Production Enologist, and now holds the position of Business Development Manager.

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Jessica Smith winemaker

Jane Milligan

Enologist / Director of International Winemaking
Jane Milligan (formerly Jane Robichaud) graduated from London University in Food Science and received a Masters of Science in Enology at University of California, Davis. Jane’s career began with graduate research work with Ann Noble and co-creation of the celebrated Davis Wine Aroma Wheel. She then spent over 17 years at Beringer in various roles including Research Winemaker, member of the Senior Winemaking Team, and Director of Consumer/Winemaking Insights. Jane was elected President of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture from 2000 – 2001 and was the VP Global Business Development at Tragon Corp. Jane’s ongoing work with ConeTech and TFC wines began in 2008 when she helped direct TFC’s research program on Lighter Style wines.

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Jessica Smith winemaker

Jessica Smith

Enologist / Director of Operations
Jessica graduated from U. C. Davis with a degree in Viticulture and Enology in 2011. While attending U.C. Davis, Jessica worked as an intern at Scribner Bend Vineyards and was promoted to Winemaker and Viticulture Manager post graduation. Jessica was awarded multiple medals and recognition for her wines during her career at Scribner Bend. Jessica joined ConeTech as Production Enologist in 2014.

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Kari Bunting

Kari Bunting

R&D Project Lead / Food Scientist
Kari graduated with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Nutrition (Dietetics) and Food Science from Texas Tech University. While attending Texas Tech, Kari completed an internship in Malawi, Africa coordinating a sustainable meat and nutrition program for women and children. She completed a laboratory internship at Llano Estacado Winery in Lubbock, Texas that continued post-graduation until her current employment at ConeTech in March 2016 as R&D Project Coordinator.

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Larry Wu

Larry Wu

Vice President Innovation and R&D / General Manager & Co-Founder — SpiriTech Global
Lawrence Wu, Jr. graduated with a Food Science degree from the University of Washington and received an MBA from Bellamine University. Larry has over 30 years experience in the food and beverage industry working in the areas of product ideation, development and commercialization. Larry has held multiple leadership positions within Research & Development at Starbucks, Brown-Forman, Campbell Soup, Kraft Foods and Bossa Nova Beverages, Iconoculture and Sky Valley Foods. Larry originally joined ConeTech as a consultant in the area of Business Development and is now the Vice President Innovation and R&D with Advanced Beverage Technologies, and General Manager and Co-Founder of SpiriTech.

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Silvia Cedeno Daguerre winemaker

Silvia Cedeno Daguerre

Enologist / Technical Director Europe
Silvia received a degree in Agricultural engineering from the University of Zaragoza, Spain and a second degree from La Rioja University in Winemaking. She then traveled around the world learning various methods of international winemaking. Silvia spent four years as Production Manager in a wine cooperative in D.O. Calatayud, worked in Germany in the Mosel area, and worked at About Wine and Style Consult in Neustadt Weinstrasse. Silvia joined ConeTech Iberica in 2015 as Production Enologist, quickly becoming ConeTech’s Technical Director for Europe.

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Werner Engelbrecht winemaker

Werner Engelbrecht

Enologist / Managing Director South Africa / Director Europe
Werner attended Stellenbosch University and graduated with B. Sc. degrees in Enology, Viticulture and Agricultural Science. Over the next 16 years, Werner held positions in both winemaking and management at three of South Africa’s most prestigious wine companies — KWV Wines, Vinfruco Wines, and the Waterkloof Wines subsidiary of the Boutinot Group. In early 2013, Werner joined ConeTech South Africa as its Managing Director. In early 2015 Werner also assumed supervisory responsibility for ConeTech’s European operations.

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