Wines Grown in Napa Valley

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Napa Valley Wine Country

A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a PhD in information technology management, Antoine Chaya serves as senior director of strategic accounts at Oracle Corporation. In his free time, Antoine Chaya enjoys sampling wines in California’s Napa Valley Wine Country.

One of the most well-known wine regions in the United States, Napa Valley offers a number of high-quality wines to try. The following are just a few of the most popular.

1. Cabernet Sauvignon. The most widely grown grape variety in Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon grows well in the valley’s warm, dry climate. The Cabernet Sauvignons produced in the valley are recognized as some of the best in the world.

2. Merlot. Although Merlot now serves as a varietal wine itself, in the past winemakers typically blended it with other wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is the second most common wine produced in Napa Valley.

3. Pinot Noir. Grown in the cool Los Carneros district of Napa Valley, Pinot Noir is the third most common wine grown in the valley and stands out as one of few reds that go well with seafood.

How to Store Red Wine After Opening a Bottle

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Wine Storage

Software executive Antoine Chaya serves as senior director of strategic accounts with Oracle Corporation in Redwood Shores, California. Outside of his work in the software sector, Antoine Chaya enjoys learning about fine wines.

After opening a bottle of red wine, there are several ways to preserve it if you fail to finish off the bottle. When red wine comes into contact with the air, it reacts with oxygen to form vinegar. As such, red wine preservation often focuses on minimizing contact with atmospheric oxygen.

To reduce oxygen exposure, you can re-cork the wine after opening it and keep it in a cool, dark place. Because low temperatures slow down the reaction with oxygen, the refrigerator is an ideal place to keep opened red wine bottles. There are also countless wine preservation products on the market, some of which function better than others. Wine preservers typically reduce oxygen exposure by pumping an inert gas into the bottle or creating a vacuum within the bottle.

Georgia Institute of Technology MBA Program Concentrations

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Georgia Institute of Technology MBA Program

Before becoming senior director of strategic accounts for the Oracle Corporation, Dr. Antoine Chaya earned his master of business administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology before going on to earn his PhD from the same institution. Now based in San Francisco, Antoine Chaya graduated from his MBA program with a concentration in management.

The Georgia Institute of Technology MBA program requires students to take three electives, or nine credit hours, to earn a concentration in a specific area. Students can spread their electives out more broadly if they wish, but they may accumulate up to three concentrations over the course of their 33 hours of electives. Concentrations are split into two broad categories: functional and interdisciplinary.

Functional concentrations focus on aspects of business that apply to almost any organization. Topics including business law, marketing, and strategic management are common functional concentrations. Interdisciplinary concentrations, meanwhile, bring in knowledge from cultural studies or more specific fields, such as real estate. Georgia Tech offers interdisciplinary concentrations in such areas as international business and strategic sustainability.

Differences Between Red and White Wine Production

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Serving as Oracle Corporation’s senior director of strategic accounts since 2006, Dr. Antoine Chaya has a PhD in information technology management, as well as numerous years of experience in the information technology field. When he isn’t working, Antoine Chaya likes to indulge in Napa Valley wines.

Napa Valley wineries offer a range of red and white wines. But what are the differences between the two, besides color? Though both types of wine are made from grapes, the processes used to make red and white wine differ slightly. White wine can be produced from either dark- or light-colored grapes, while red wine is made exclusively using dark-colored grapes. This is because the color of wine depends on the amount of tannin, a naturally occurring polyphenol, found in the skins, seeds, and stems of grapes. The production of white, or colorless, wine involves fermenting grape juice. On the other hand, red wine is made by fermenting grape juice, pieces of grapes, and grape stems. Fermenting all parts of the grapes effectively preserves the tannins, lending the wine its standard reddish quality.

The Napa Valley’s Oldest Winery

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Beringer, Napa Valley

As senior director of strategic accounts at Oracle, Antoine Chaya brings to bear extensive experience in information technology and management. In his spare time, Antoine Chaya enjoys exploring the wines of the Napa Valley.

The Napa Valley is a popular region for producing New World wines, and Beringer is the oldest winery in the region. Brothers Frederick and Jacob Beringer completed their first year of wine production in 1876.

The winery offers tours to their guests to explore the Old Winery’s historic wine tunnels or the Rhine House mansion, constructed in 1884 for Frederick Beringer. Rhine House now houses a tasting room where guests can try wines paired with cheese or chocolate. Guests may also wish to explore the large collection of handcrafted Victorian stained glass windows in Rhine House, impressive even for the 1880s, when homes might only have one or two such windows. Each year on Founder’s Day, the winery features tastings, live music, and wine seminars.

Analyzing the Cost-Effectiveness of Corporate IT Investments

Antoine Chaya earned a PhD in information technology (IT) management from the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT). During his studies, Antoine Chaya collaborated with GT professor Sabyasachi Mitra to publish a paper on analyzing the cost-effectiveness of corporate IT investments in 1996. Their study assessed the IT budgets of more than 400 large and medium-sized businesses in the United States.

The study showed that since the 1970s corporate IT investments had increased dramatically. However, it was difficult to quantify the benefits derived from these IT investments. In fact, some research showed a drop in productivity for information workers as companies ramped up their IT investments. Nonetheless, the 1996 GT study found that higher IT investments correlated to lower average production costs as well as total costs. In addition, the GT study determined that large companies typically spend more on IT as a percentage of revenues when compared to smaller firms.

IT continues to be a major area of investment for businesses of all sizes today. A recent survey of IT executives found that more than 40 percent of those surveyed expected their budgets to grow in 2015.

Early Research on Link between IT Investment and Financial Performance

Antoine Chaya leverages his extensive expertise in information technology to serve as the senior director of strategic accounts for Oracle Corporation in Redwood Shores, California. While working on his PhD at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Antoine Chaya co-authored a paper for the 29th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, which was titled Exploring the Relationships between IT Investments and Organizational Performance: Preliminary Empirical Evidence.

As noted in the paper’s abstract, businesses invested nearly a trillion dollars, or 50 percent of capital expenditures, into their IT capabilities during the 1980s. Firms made these outlays despite the fact that there were no data quantifying the return on investment (ROI) for doing so. The researchers attempted to determine whether there was a connection between a company’s information technology (IT) expenditures and its financial performance.

The study evaluated five years of financial and IT data from more than 600 large and mid-sized U.S. businesses. The researchers determined that greater IT investments were linked with lower average total costs and production costs, but higher average overhead expenses. Additionally, the authors concluded there was generally a delay between IT-related spending and ROI. A subsequent publication on the topic by Antoine Chaya and his co-investigator found that larger corporations typically allocate a greater percentage of their revenue to IT than smaller companies.