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 Director

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

Luis has over 14 years of experience working with the incredible wines of Napa Valley and currently holds a WSET Level 2 certification. He is fascinated with the agricultural roots of wine and thrives on bringing world class hospitality to our guests both virtually and in person.

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Annie Trimpe

Annie’s assistant, Lucy T 707.603.7404
E atrimpe@bouchaine.com

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 brought Lucy, her yellow labrador, to work every day.

Lucy: November 3, 2004 – March 13, 2021.

Best and sweetest dog ever! We miss you.

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Irene Ubaldo

Accounting Manager

A winery is full of beautiful things. Tasting rooms, oak barrels, stainless tanks, and the list goes on and on. But one of the most beautiful things that makes a winery run is something you cannot see. It’s the numbers.

At Bouchaine, our accounting is made beautiful by our own Irene Ubaldo. Irene’s extensive accounting history was previously hidden among the high-rises of the city, but she did some important math and the switch to Bouchaine certainly added up. She traded long commutes for a gorgeous, scenic vineyard view, just minutes away from where she lives.

When Irene’s calculator takes a rest for the day, she likes to enjoy the Napa Valley by tending to her garden, going for a walk, biking around her neighborhood, or experimenting with new food recipes to pair with her favorite Bouchaine wines. And when she’s ready for more math, it’s 1 bottle of Pinot Noir minus 1 cork equals a beautiful evening.

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Scott Stowe

National Sales Manager

What does citrus, cattle and surfing have in common? That is how Scott Stowe spent his childhood in Southern California, splitting time between a ranch and the sea. Throw in a lot of time on the baseball diamond, a love of science, and a mother who believed “you should always cook with a glass of wine in your hand,” resulted in Scott’s distinguished career in the wine industry. He has held positions on both coasts, working with Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, St. Supery Vineyards, Mendocino Wine Company, Truett-Hurst, Luna Vineyards and Pacific Highway Wines before joining the Bouchaine family.

Social by nature, Scott enjoys his career as it allows him to meet new people, drink delicious wines and then sell even more. When he’s away from the winery, Scott spends as much time as possible cooking with his family, walking with his dog and, if possible, playing a round of golf.

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Scott Phillips

Sales Manager — Delaware

Scott Phillips is Bouchaine’s Sales Manager for Delaware. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a B.S. degree in Political Science, Scott initially had plans to attend law school. That was until he began working full-time at a local retail wine & spirits shop. That wine & spirit shop tugged at his heart, and turned what once was a part-time college job into a 30-year career.

Scott focuses on customer service and fine wine. He enjoys meeting with people and participating in wine tastings to discuss Bouchaine. He developed his wine knowledge by personally traveling to where the grapes are grown, and meeting with winemakers in California, Spain, France, and Italy. Scott’s motto is, “there are great days and there are grape days”! He adds, “My mother is Italian and we always had a bottle of wine on the table, which signified the good life for us”.

Scott will direct his great days selling Bouchaine wines, and building special relationships with local restaurants and liquor stores throughout the “grape” state of Delaware.

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Gabriel Ide-Garcia

Events & Hospitality Manager

Growing up in the Napa Valley, Gabriel developed an affinity for viticulture, people and place. Today, he takes pride in sharing his love of this extraordinary wine growing region where he has worked as an industry professional in local wine, sales, management, and hospitality for over 17 years.

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Rose Stanton, CMP, CTA

Corporate Events Manager

In college, Rose spent most of her time on the school council producing events and concerts for Cal Poly. Because of her love for travel, she began her career after college as a Travel Agent. She has arranged travel for foreign exchange groups, artist tours, the San Francisco Symphony, Chanticleer, ACT, the San Francisco Ballet, Paramount Pictures and her favorite San Francisco Giants. Later she specialized in meetings and events for corporate groups on Maiden Lane, for American Express and as the Meetings Manger at a software company.

Rose and her family moved to Sonoma County in 1986 and began organizing corporate and incentive events at wineries. She was the lead planner for orchestrating fly drive wine tours with PSA and assisted the Sonoma County Winery Association with logistics for their Grand Tour. An avid ‘foodie’ and wine geek, she spends time with friends traveling and discovering new places.

  • Awarded Meeting Professionals International Industry Advocate 2018–2019 Rise Award
  • Awarded 2018 PCMA NCC Bamies Legend Award
  • Awarded 2018 Meeting Professionals International NCC President’s Award
  • Awarded 2017 GMICNC Sustainable Planner of the Year
  • Awarded 2017 Meeting Professionals International NCC Hall of Fame
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Marija Jovanovic

Estate Sommelier, WSET Advanced and CSW
Certified Artisan Cheese Specialist, University of Vermont

Marija has deep experience in sales, education, and the culinary arts with multiple esteemed wineries in the Napa Valley. She has also had the pleasure of visiting many international wine regions while traveling as a wine writer for an internationally distributed magazine. Marija completed her Master’s degree in Wine Tourism Marketing and is currently writing a book on truffle regions of the world.

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Marty Slavin

Wine Educator
Certified Sommelier

Marty started his professional career working in the advertising and marketing field. After working with clients such as the Trump Corporation, Saab-Scania, and Finlandia Vodka, he decided to follow a long-standing interest in cooking by enrolling in the French Culinary Institute and perusing a career in kitchens. Under the tutelage of Jacques Pepin and Andre Soltner, Marty graduated and worked in multiple esteemed kitchens such as the Banana Cafe and the Waldorf Astoria. Besides leading virtual and on-site explorations of Bouchaine Wines, Marty is spearheading the Bouchaine Bistro series, where we examine the junction of various cuisines with the wonderful wines from Bouchaine’s estate.

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Robert Fischer

Wine Educator

Though Robert devoted the beginning of career to practicing law, it was an “unwritten” law that sent him down a path in the wine industry. That law: follow your passion. Rob traded in the east coast for the west coast and firmly planted himself in Napa’s wine country. With a WSET Level 2 certification under his belt, Robert puts that delicious knowledge to good use, educating Bouchaine fans about the joys of wine and how to escape cold winters.

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Robert O’Malley

Special Clients Manager and Wine Educator

Robert has over 45 years of experience in the wine and food industries. From managing top Bay Area restaurants to owning his own San Francisco catering business, he has done it all. In 1989, he moved to the Napa Valley, where he became Vice President at a well-known St. Helena winery. Robert brought his deep wine knowledge and sense of adventure to Bouchaine in 2018.

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Lisa Hewitt

Wine Educator

Lisa was bitten by the wine bug during her former career in technology sales and marketing, which allowed her to travel to premier wine locations around the world. Her extended wine education includes WSET Level 2 and Napa Valley Wine Expert certifications, and she is currently working on WSET Level 3. Lisa specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay hospitality in Napa and Sonoma and also shares a love of Virginia wines from working in the DC area. Lisa has a special interest in wine and food pairings which she balances out with her other passion, teaching group exercise for over 30 years.

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Larry Bombach

Wine Educator

As a classically trained pastry chef, Larry knows the value in following a good recipe. His tools of the trade used to be flour and butter, but after moving up to Napa from Los Angeles in 2018, he’s come up with his own ingredients for enjoyment. Mix 1 part Bouchaine wine with an equal part of Larry’s enthusiasm and knowledge, then swirl, sip and enjoy.

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Olga Kokarenko

Wine Educator

Olga began her career as a wine educator at Bouchaine after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena. While apprenticing for a well-known chocolatier In Napa Valley, she began working part time in the tasting room at Bouchaine. This is where she found her true passion: wine and wine education. It was at that point she left her career as a chef and set her sights on becoming an expert in wine. She is currently completing her WSET Level 2 certification and never passes up an opportunity to learn more about the different regions and styles of wine. Olga loves to share her passion of wine with others to help them better appreciate the beautiful wines that Bouchaine has to offer.

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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