Helps new wine businesses with the right licensing to fit their business
Helps existing wineries and wine cellars with their records, reports, taxes and labels.
I know what you’re thinking, somebody who actually LIKES compliance?
But the truth is, while I do actually enjoy winery record-keeping and compliance – and I better, since it’s been the focus of the last 20 years of my career – what I am fired up about is sharing my expertise with owners, GMs, winemakers, enologists, CFOs, cellar masters, lab techs, tasting room staff, and others in the wine industry. I’ve worked almost every job there is in winemaking. In 1989, I started out in a tasting room. A few years later, I moved into the production side, spending two seasons in the winery lab at Beringer Vineyards, and by 1996 was managing the lab for Sterling Vineyards. I also did some cellar work there, before focusing on compliance and tracking exclusively. And along the way, I developed entire wine record systems for several medium sized wineries, Sterling Vineyards, Viansa Winery, Caymus Vineyards and Conundrum Winery among them. This 16 years of in the trenches experience working in winery cellars has given me a unique understanding of the winemaking process and in turn how government regulations translate back into it. As a result of the very limited training I received when I first began managing winery compliance tasks, in 2006, I began teaching Napa Valley College’s first course in winery compliance. It’s taught me that there’s a real need for clear, straight-forward training when it comes to navigating the maze of compliance requirements. This is the focus of the full service compliance management and training services that Wine Compliance Alliance offers.
“Ann is extremely knowledgeable, professional and a fantastic solution finder. She always has a positive way to execute goals. Ann has also been a great source of information for us and a valued consultant when having to navigate the waters on a County, State and Federal level while juggling multiple permits in multiple locations. We haven’t thrown a scenario at Ann that she hasn’t been able to figure out for us”
Rob Mondavi Jr.
Winemaker, Michael Mondavi Family Estate
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