With
Our Team

Chris Kajani

Winemaker and General Manager

Chris is a proud Napa native who grew up raiding her parents’ wine cellar and riding the neighbors’ horses (though not necessarily in that order). She started her career in biotech, but wine drew her inevitably home. A few too many trips to European wine regions led to wistful dinner party comments, which led to working harvests — and she was back at UC Davis for a Masters in Viticulture and Enology before she knew it.

Like the Copelands, Chris fell hard for Burgundian wines, and she built her winemaking career around crafting worthy California cousins. After almost a decade working with Carneros Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as Saintsbury’s winemaker, she joined the Bouchaine family as head winemaker and general manager in 2015. Today, her passion and authenticity set the tone for her team. Pick for flavor. Get serious about the details. Don’t take shortcuts. And above all, enjoy the wine.

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Erik Goodmanson

Associate Winemaker

Winemaking wasn’t on Erik’s radar until someone told him at a dinner party about enology classes at a local community college. Once it registered that people actually could get paid to make wine, he was all in. Community college classes turned into a full-time cellar position at Robert Sinskey Vineyards, crafting Pinot Noir and cool-climate varietals from Carneros.

After completing a second bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, Erik worked his way up from cellar intern to Assistant Winemaker at Staglin Family Vineyard. But in 2015, Erik returned to the elegant varietals closest to his heart. His playful enthusiasm and commitment to excellence dovetail perfectly with Chris’s priorities — raising the bar on quality, and making fabulous wines.

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Brian Allard

Direct to Consumer Manager

Brian’s early days in Vermont were split between his family’s distribution business and the golf world, one imparting a sense of tradition, the other diligence and patience.

Back then, East Coast restaurants offered extensive European wine lists with aged red wines, and so the tradition of cellaring wines impacted his soul with elegance early on.

By the time California wine country fully formed his palate twenty years later, Brian had managed three restaurants, one hotel, a small children’s charity, and his own design company. He traded fashion for the wine world in 2013, and gained full-geek status after graduating with a Wine MBA in 2016.

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Luis Corro

Tasting Room Manager

Born and raised in St. Helena, Luis has been surrounded by wine his entire life. From playing in the vineyards to helping his family during the summers, his love for the wine business was fostered at a young age. Wine is a passion that runs through his blood; his family has been in the industry for over 35 years.

Luis has over 14 years of experience working with wine, quickly making his way to managing a tasting room in Napa Valley. He is fascinated with the agricultural aspect of wine, but thrives on the hospitality side — his priority is to ensure that guests have the best experience at Bouchaine.

In his spare time, Luis loves to learn about all different areas of wine while enjoying a nice bottle of Bouchaine Pinot Noir!

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Annie Trimpe

Office Manager

Annie has always enjoyed being the “go-to” person throughout her administrative career. If you don’t find her at her desk, she might be helping in the Tasting Room, assisting our Wine Club customers, delivering wine to accounts, or doing whatever it takes to keep everything running smoothly at the winery.

Annie is an avid dog lover and brings Lucy, her yellow labrador, to work every day. Both Annie and Lucy enjoy their days interacting with fans of Bouchaine and conducting monthly Happy Tails and Trails vineyard dog walks at the winery!

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Kristina Whitten

Accounting Manager

Kristina Whitten is the Accounting Manager at Bouchaine Vineyards, and brings with her over 35 years of tax and accounting experience in multiple industries. She is proud to be called a geek and actually enjoys reading the tax code.

Born and raised in Napa, she loves being outdoors and as close to the ocean as possible.

“Who says accounting is boring?” Raise a wine glass and see the financial results through rosé-colored spectacles.

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Brian Mott

Regional Sales Manager — West

Brian Mott joins the Bouchaine Vineyards team with 25 years of experience in the wine industry. Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Brian has worked for such major wineries as Chalk Hill Estate, Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, and recently as the Northwest sales director for Maisons, Marques & Domaines (House of Louis Roederer Champagne).

Brian has broad experience calling on all levels of accounts and brings to Bouchaine many close contacts in the industry. He remains very passionate about the wine business and his customers.

He’s a long-time resident of San Francisco and enjoys living in such a cosmopolitan city, even with its l-o-n-g commute to Napa Valley...! Having joined Bouchaine in September 2018, he brings freshness and a great enthusiasm to his dealings with Bouchaine customers and colleagues.

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Kevin Graham

Regional Sales Manager — East

Kevin joined Bouchaine Vineyards in January 2018. His interest in wine began while working his way through college at wine and spirit shops. After spending 6 successful years on the distributor side, Kevin moved to the supplier side. Over the next 10 years, as his company evolved into Fosters and Treasury Wine Estates, Kevin continued to expand his responsibilities.

When you’re from Tennessee and your hometown is Nashville, it should come as no surprise that Kevin’s interests are live music, wine and food. Kevin also enjoys playing golf, attending sporting events, or trying to squeeze in some time at the gym.

Before joining Bouchaine, Kevin was the Midwest Regional Sales Manager with King (yes, like “Elvis is the King” . . . ) Estate Winery, and he brings with him over 20 years of wine industry knowledge and experience to his new role at Bouchaine.

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What our
visitors say

One of the best vineyards I’ve been to. The folks that work there are really passionate about their wines.

— San Francisco, California