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. 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.
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.