Lynn Watanabe

Trained as a microbiologist, it wasn’t until Lynn Watanabe moved to Calistoga in Napa Valley that she realized she could use her scientific background to work in the wine industry. Lynn’s career in wine began at Beringer Vineyards - where she served as a lab technician - and progressed through other well-known Napa Valley wineries including Clos du Val and Sutter Home. “I was fortunate to have excellent mentors to guide me through.”

Lynn joined Napa Wine Company in 2002 and today serves as Laboratory Director overseeing all lab functions including chemical analysis, bottling QC, the implementation of new equipment and protocols, and conducting microbiological tests. Her work brings her in close contact with clients as she provides timely, accurate analysis and also assists with data interpretation. “We have a great exchange of information with our client winemakers and we all share our knowledge. It creates quite an educational environment at the winery.”

Lynn, who also serves as winemaker of the Pelissa family’s Oakville Winery brand, enjoys working at a family-owned business, particularly in an industry where mergers and acquisitions are becoming more common. “Whether it’s a technical, mental or physical challenge, the staff at Napa Wine Company is very supportive, and I feel the family really respects our work. I’m very happy to see the fifth generation (Kendall and Morgaen Hoxsey) involved.”