I know what you’re thinking, somebody who actually LIKES compliance?

I’m Ann Reynolds and the truth is I do actually enjoy winery record keeping which is where it all began for me and is also where compliance begins for any winery. I’ve had the good fortune to have worked almost every job there is in winemaking, as you’ll see below in my timeline summary. This 16 year background turned out to be my ideal education because it meant that through a lot of day to day practice I was able to gradually understand how government regulations translate back into the range of winemaking activities.
Ann Reynolds

Winery compliance is a uniquely regulated area but in the majority of instances the staff tasked with managing it are given little to no training. I was in the “no training” group. I stumbled around in the dark in the early years looking for training, but found very little.

It was a combination of my own research and the years of “in the trenches” experience which resulted in the knowledge I have today. That background now means I am able to share my knowledge with clients to either manage their compliance files and filings for them or through providing training to their winery staff so they can confidently and successfully manage it themselves.

My winery background timeline:


1989 til 1992

tasting rooms at V Sattui Winery & Whitehall Lane Winery


1993 til 1994

Lab Technician at Beringer Vineyards


1995 til 1996

Lab Technician at Fetzer Vineyards


1996 til 1997

Lab Manager at Sterling Vineyards


1997 til 1998

Harvest Cellar staff at Sterling Vineyards


1998 til 2000

Wine Records Coordinator at Sterling Vineyards


2000 til 2001

Wine Records Technician at Robert Mondavi Winery


2002 til 2003

Winery Compliance Coordinator at Viansa Winery


2003 til 2009

Wine Records Coordinator at Caymus Vineyards and Conundrum Winery


2006 til 2015

Adjunct Faculty at Napa Valley College



Founded Wine Compliance Alliance