Growing up on a farm in Walla Walla, Washington, Anne developed a deep appreciation for agriculture from her father, and inherited his love of wine. He introduced her to wine through tastings of Leonetti, L’Ecole No. 41, and other wines from that region. He also inspired her to reconsider a career in dentistry and enroll in UC’s enology program.
After graduating from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Enology and Viticulture, she worked for wineries in Washington, California and Chile before settling in Napa. Anne recognizes that her experience at UC Davis provided the scientific base to develop a sound winemaking and viticultural philosophy.
In Napa, Anne was honored to work as assistant to Heidi Barrett at Paradigm winery. Heidi’s mentorship proved invaluable to Anne’s growth as a winemaker and helped craft her winemaking style. It was a time of intense learning and growth which gave her the knowledge and courage to launch her winemaking consultancy. Anne’s winemaking clients include Ziata Wines, Oakville Ranch Vineyards and Teaderman Vineyards.
In addition to making wine, Anne manages Blossom Creek Farm, a horse farm in Calistoga, CA. Anne, her husband Cameron Vawter (Director of Production at Dana Estates in Rutherford), and their two children live on the ranch with their horses, chickens, a cat, a dog, and a bee hive. She and Cameron enjoy rock climbing in the Sierras and sailing on the San Francisco Bay during their free time.