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 Expert  726386

Expert in Wine Technology & Analysis, IR Spectroscopy, Chemometrics, Quality Management, Commercialisation

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

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Summary of Expertise:

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Has worked in the wine industry for over 20 years, mainly in technical capacities.

Has consulted in new product development for wine-based beverage products. Technical oversight of contract packaging operations for water products.

Extensive experience in the use of chemometrics in UV, Visible and infrared spectroscopy. Particular experience in the use of multiple linear regression, principal component analysis and regression, partial least squares, and discriminant analysis. Advanced areas include artificial neural network and locally weighted regression, in particular for practical laboratory applications.

Extensive experience in methods development for wine analysis, and troubleshooting. Implementation of calibration and maintenance strategies for routine use of FTIR in winery laboratories.

Has consulted to several companies in the wines industry in developing HACCP food safety management systems for certification. Developed a HACCP template kit for the wine industry and developed and delivered training sessions in the use and application of the kit.

Pioneered the investigation of application of infrared spectroscopy in the Australian wine industry. Has published widely in the trade publications and developed a range of user guide extension materials for the Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture.


alcoholic beverage






Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy


hazard analysis critical control point


infrared spectroscopy


ISO 9000 quality system documentation


ISO 9001


near-infrared spectroscopy


optical instrument


optical instrumentation




ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1988   MEngSc   Biochemical Engineering   University of Melbourne  
1984   BEng(Chem)   Chemical Engineering   University of Melbourne   HONS

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2006 to


Expert's Firm



Principal Consultant


Expert is responsible for the operation and management of a specialist consultancy providing practical and versatile solutions for business management through excellence in technology and management systems. He provides specialist services in the wine industry and associated technology include: investigation and data mining and interpretation, technology review and insight, strategic and tactical planning, project management and implementing solutions, and comprehensive audit and review.

1994 to 2006


The Australian Wine Research Institute


Research / Industry Services


Research Manager & Quality Liaison Manager


Expert provided technical advisory and information services to industry, workshop development and new methods development. He also managed the spectroscopy research project, investigating IR and other rapid instrumental techniques for grape and wine analysis. He managed quality management systems (including laboratories).

1989 to 1994


Tyrrell's Vineyards



Quality And Research Manager


He handled the management of winery laboratory, including staffing, training, technical development and budget control. He served as an internal technical consultant providing technical advice and troubleshooting. He initiated and coordinated research strategies. His environmental management responsibilities included waste treatment, waste minimization and process modification.

Career Accomplishments:

Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology

Publications and Patents Summary

Over 40 refereed publications, 3 book chapters, and more than 70 conference posters - predominantly in the area of applications of infrared spectroscopy

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2007 to 2014   Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation   Consultant   Review of progress and outcomes of research program in winery wastewater optimisation; Gaps analyses in Objective measures of grape and wine quality, Process Efficiency; Winery Profitability; Climate Change Adaptability
2010 to 2015   Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources   Consultant   Developed concept plans for laboratory and warehousing facility; audited requirements

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Provided technical expertise in wine processing and chemical stability to define process protocols for new wine-based products
  • Investigated wine packaging processing lines and laboratory analytical techniques used to monitor oxygen ingress during packaging. Provided optimisation strategies to improve performance.
  • Developed quality management and food safety systems - documentation and systems, implementation and auditing
  • Developed pricing and quality assessment model for raw material assessment based on historical data and end-use experience. Assisted in transition of concept through to commercial implementation.
  • Assisted winery laboratory in implementing rapid IR analytical methods together with robust systems for long term management of quality
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert consulting on stabilizing an alcoholic beverage with cloudifier.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Has prepared several technical reports for litigation purposes. These have included: - evaluation of product saleability - product spoilage by microbial contaminants - product contamination by packaging materials - product contamination by additives - evaluation of processing and analytical records
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2007 to 2009   Hong Kong   Various 'quick consults' to financial organisations providing industry insight to assist in evaluating the impacts of technical, financial, and other trade legislative changes on business viability

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   Very basic understanding only

Market Research:
Well connected to all Australian wine industry organisations - technical, research, regulatory, advocacy, industry associations

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

HACCP Food Safety for wineries Quality tools for small winery laboratories Quality management starter kit (with templates) for wineries Basic winery analysis - troubleshooting Advanced wine analysis - rapid methods Chemometrics applications for wineries

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Packaging materials for wine bottling. Software suppliers for custom applications development. Analytical services (wine).

Other Skills and Services

Environmental sustainability Life cycle assessment (carbon footprint) of wine Multivariate analysis and data mining for business intelligence. Outsourced research and development management and advice.


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