Posted on June 14, 2021

World of Pinot Noir Partners with Baker Wine & Grape Analysis

Paso Robles based lab is partner for annual Technical Symposium in a new hybrid format

(Paso Robles, CA – TK) The World of Pinot Noir Technical Symposium returns on Wednesday, June 16 featuring a new hybrid format with lab partner Baker Wine & Grape Analysis (BWGA). The annual symposium has evolved and winemakers will gather in four winemaking locations – San Luis Obispo, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Great Lakes of Michigan to analyze wines, discuss challenges of the 2020 vintage and learn from each other. Thanks to technology partner Executive Chef Events – the four pods will all be connected virtually to meet as a group.

The women-owned business and team at Baker Wine & Grape Analysis is providing WOPN Tech attendees an analysis of all wines for the annual technical discussion. The team of six includes Dr. Brenda Baker, Owner and TTB Certified Chemist; Heather Mikelonis, Operations Manager; Sherrie Holzer, Lab Chemist and TTB Certified Chemist; Rebecca Chapman, Lab Chemist and TTB Certified Chemist; Amy Freeman, Lab Technician and TTB Certified Chemist; and Barb McFadden, Bookkeeper. Each member of the Baker team brings a unique skillset and specialty as they pride themselves on exceptional customer service and a spectrum of fast, efficient analysis.

Partnering with San Luis Obispo based lab Tastry and Paso Robles based Twin Arbor Labs the collective of these three professional lab services provides the analysis and tests needed for the wine samples discussed during the WOPN Tech Symposium. Holding high the virtues of customer service the partnership among the three labs – BWGA, Tastry and Twin Arbor Labs – gives winemakers attending WOPN’s Tech symposium a complete analysis as they discuss challenges of the 2020 harvest from the vineyard to processing and fermenting.

“Our team is excited to partner with World of Pinot Noir and be a part of the camaraderie and discussions among winemakers at this event.” said Dr. Brenda Baker, owner of BWGA and a TTB Certified Chemist. “The collaboration among the winemaking community and thirst for knowledge is a testament to the quality of wines each are producing. We look forward to being part of this think tank of experts.”

After the success of World of Pinot Noir’s month-long virtual event in March, WOPN organizers are excited to bring the Technical Symposium back to the winemakers who look forward to this event every year.

“We are optimistic that Tech will be a great way to reunite our winemaking colleagues and friends after a yearlong hiatus of in person events,” said Karen Steinwachs WOPN Board member of Seagrape Cellars and Buttonwood Farm Winery.

Save the date for the World of Pinot Noir’s return to The Ritz-Carlton, Bacara in Santa Barbara, March 3-5, 2022.

About The World of Pinot Noir:

WOPN, a 501 (c) (6) trade organization, was established in 2001 by a small but dedicated group of winemakers from California’s Central Coast. The group’s mission is to bring fans of Pinot Noir together for a weekend of festivities. Wineries, sponsors and wine enthusiasts interested in learning more, contact [email protected] or visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #wopn

About Baker Wine & Grape Analysis:

Founded in 2002, Baker Wine & Grape Analysis (BWGA) is in Paso Robles, California. The laboratory provides services to clients on the Central Coast and beyond, with tests performed the same day, so clients receive their timely results in the electronic format of their choice. To learn more, visit or contact [email protected].

About Tastry:

Tastry, a sensory sciences company based in San Luis Obispo, California uses advanced chemistry, machine learning and artificial intelligence to match consumers to products they will love. Changing the perception of wine, creating a marketplace for smaller producers, and offering personalized interactions for consumers, Tastry pushes the status quo and disrupts traditional wine industry patterns. To learn more visit

Twin Arbors:

Twin Arbor Labs is a microbiological and analytical laboratory located within California's Central Coast. Industry experts in quality control, they specialize in a broad range of industries including food and beverage manufacturing, dietary supplements, personal care products and cosmetics. Their approach is designed to give each client a "VIP" experience while also providing the tools to achieve the highest quality of data possible. Their dedicated team of scientists are committed to providing you with industry leading services and support. To learn more visit

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