Plus, enjoy beer and wine tastings, along with featured Wisconsin sausages and cheeses!
Wisconsin Beer with Robin Shepard PhD'93
Robin Shepard is the executive director for the North Central Cooperative Extension Association (NCCEA),
an organization that comprises thirteen universities from twelve states. Shepard has also served in a number of administrative positions with the University of Wisconsin. Most recently he held the position of interim provost and vice chancellor of UW-Extension. Shepard is perhaps best known for his historic brewery walks, presentations and authoring Wisconsin’s Best Breweries and Brew Pubs
in 2008. He has since written similar books focused on Illinois and Minnesota.
Wisconsin Sausage with Jeff Sindelar, PhD
As an assistant professor/UW-Extension
meat specialist, Sindelar researches the quality and sensory characteristics of processed meats and intervention strategies to control pathogenic bacteria in meat products. Another area of focus includes providing assistance to meat processors in the areas of product development, problem solving and regulatory compliance. He also serves as a liaison among academia, government and the meat industry.
Wisconsin Cheese with Bill Klein '83
Klein serves as the production manager of the Babcock Dairy at UW-Madison.
He graduated from the UW with a BS in food science in 1983, and, wanting to get into the dairy industry, Klein began his career in dairy equipment sales. From there he went to work for Borden doing research on processed-cheese production. After spending roughly five years at Borden, Klein returned to UW-Madison in 1990 to work at Babcock and has been at the university ever since.
Wisconsin Wine with Sarah and Peter Botham
Sarah Botham, a writer, editor and marketing professional, is the owner and founder of Botham, ink., a firm specializing in marketing, branding and strategic planning. Sarah’s resources are further put to use as the vice president and director of marketing for Botham Vineyards, Inc.
Sarah also holds a permanent faculty appointment in the Department of Life Sciences Communication in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison.
She is also the faculty adviser for the UW-Madison Student Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).
Peter Botham is the owner and founder, president and winemaker at Botham Vineyards. A Madison, Wisconsin native, Peter graduated from the University of Wisconsin in history and went on to the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore. After working for several years as a commercial draftsman and artist, Peter threw off his coat and tie, so to speak, to pursue a career in viticulture. By 1993, his winery had been properly prepared for production, and the grapes from that year’s harvest became the wine with which the tasting room was opened in the summer of 1994. Botham Vineyards produced roughly 2,500 gallons of wine to sell that first year. The 2011 production hovered near 30,000 gallons.