Barry has been involved in every aspect of wine all his life; A home and commercial wine Maker, vineyardist, founder of Eagle Ridge Winery, wine sales including wholesaler, retailer and importer and wine educator at colleges and specialized wine schools. He was Calif. and National Board Member of SWE, is currently a Tastevin (DTM) member of the Dionysian International Wine Society. And is a published author (a book about River Phoenix). Formerly a writer for Vine Times magazine. He was one of the first to pass the judges exam for both Intervin and California State fair in 1985 and has been a judge for The State Fair, Eldorado, Calaveras, Orange County and Amador in Calif. and State fairs of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and  IWSC London England, among many since 1988. He was the youngest licensed Pilot in the world in 1966 and remains a commercial pilot and Flight Instructor.