After growing up in Seattle Dave moved to Southern California and completed his undergraduate education in neuroscience at Pomona College. Although he had originally planned to pursue medical school, Dave decided instead to chase his passion for wine that he had found while working at several fine dining restaurants. Before taking the plunge at UC Davis he worked a harvest at Navarro Vineyards in the Anderson Valley where he developed a particular interest in Pinot Noir. Dave is a second year Master's student in Anita Oberholster's lab in the department of Viticulture and Enology. His research is investigating the effects of mechanical harvesting and optical sorting on the chemical and sensory properties of wine.