Bill was born in Detroit, MI although his family moved when he was a young boy to Vancouver, British Columbia where he spent most of his childhood and teen years. Bill had his first wine experience during the summer of ’77 with a local carbonated fruit wine-like beverage called Lonesome Charlie.
That first experience didn’t turn out so well. Bill recovered from this experience enough to graduate from Queen Elizabeth Senior Secondary High School Surrey, BC in June 1978. Later that year he began attending the University of British Columbia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 1982.
He then moved to the Bay Area to attend graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1988. Although a bona fide doctor, Bill insists he knows only enough to be dangerous.
He will permit you to address him as Dr. Kimmerly, but he really prefers to be called Bill. Much of his scientific career has been spent as part of the Human Genome Project. In fact, Bill was the Assistant Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Human Genome Center during the years of 1998-1999.
He has also held research positions in the pharmaceutical and agricultural biotechnology companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, and Ceres. His love of music pushed him to tour the country and the world with the Grateful Dead and Phish.
For a brief time, he was a DJ on college radio, and also served as music director for WXDU FM 88.7 in Durham, NC, Duke University’s college radio station. An avid homebrewer since 1985, Bill began making wine in 1999, and professionally since 2004.
His interests other than fermentation include his dogs, travel, fishing, scuba diving, and gourmet cooking. His favorite city is London, and he speaks French well enough to get himself into trouble.