Wine Quality Consultant
Course(s): VIN 266 - Sensory Evaluation
Zoran Ljepovic was born in Zagreb, Croatia where he earned Engineer of Agronomy Degree in Enology, Viticulture and Pomology. He worked for renowned wine and spirits company Badel 1862 before he completed his Enology Masters degree at CSU Fresno under Professor Barry Gump. During Masters he got invited to work for San Joaquin Valley Concentrate a part of EJ Gallo operations. During that time Zoran was working on his Masters in Co-pigmentation in Rubired juice and concentrate at Mission Bell R & D lab in Madera which was important in production of the grape skin extract that EJ Gallo just started. Upon graduation, Zoran moved to Napa where he accepted QC enologist position at Franciscan Oakville Estate winery. In 2006, Zoran transitioned to Robert Mondavi winery as Wine QC manager for Icon Estates wines a luxury wine division of CWUS. In 2008 Zoran was promoted to a QC/QA Manager for Wine Process Improvement. He manages QC/QA for bottling facilities: Robert Mondavi in Napa and Clos du bois in Sonoma for the luxury wines. In addition, he conducts sanitation audits for the CWUS wineries on the West coast, wine microbiology consulting and introducing emerging new technologies and procedures. Zoran presented his research at various conferences and symposia from ASEV, Unified Symposium for Wines & Grapes, CERA group, Brewers & Vintners Symposia among others. He served as a technical board member for ASEV and board member for Napa Valley Wine Technical Group as well as co-president of CERA microbiology group. Along with regular work Zoran was teaching at Napa college Wine analysis class and VESTA on-line classes in enology field. He is also consulting winegrowers in winemaking in California, Michigan and Croatia. Zoran also serves as a wine judge at various international wine judging competitions as Finger Lakes (FLIWC), Watkins Glenn (EIWC), Indiana (IIWC) and California State Home Winemakers Competition in Lodi.