Donal Smith has worked in the wine industry for over 40 years. His formal education includes California State University, Sacramento and the University of California, Davis with an MA from the CSUS.

He spent  nearly 28 years as a Wine and Spirits Buyer and Wine Dept. Mgr. at the iconic Sacramento retail chain, Corti Brothers. While at Corti Bros., he also taught wine appreciation classes at the Sacramento’s Learning Exchange.

He is currently a professor and member of  the Agriculture Department at California State University, Chico, where he teaches Wine Appreciation and Education classes.  He also owns a small wine business in Sacramento called DonalsWines, Inc.

He continues to judge at several wine competitions including Butte, Tehama, and Glenn County fairs; California State Fair and Home Winemakers wine competition; and the El Dorado County Fair.

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