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Alex Saragoza

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Alex M. Saragoza is Professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, where he has served in various administrative positions, such as the Director of International Programs.

For over fifteen years, he has taught a course on the California wine industry for Berkeley’s American Studies Program. Professor Saragoza brings to his lectures a broad lens on the California wine industry as well as a pronounced international perspective, with particular attention to France (Bordeaux and Burgundy), given its major source of U.S. imports by value. His lectures take into account key ancillary topics, such as the evolution of the restaurant-wine connection (from Auguste Escoffier and Julia Childs to Alice Waters and Anne-Sophie Pic, among others).

In 2012, he was visiting professor at the Sorbonne Nouvelle of Paris, and he has lectured at the University Aix-en-Provence among several other universities in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. In 2017 he received the Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award from the Osher Life-Learning Institute of UC Berkeley and he has been selected to the Distinguished Lecturer Program of the Organization of American Historians.

He has visited France’s wine producing regions, including the vineyards of the Rhone Valley. For Cal Discoveries’ wine and culinary tours, he has lectured on French Catalonia, northern Spain, Sicily, Chile and Argentina, and the Barcelona area.

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