Linda Trotta

Winemaker  *  Leader  *  Wine Grower

Napa Valley Winemaker of the Year 2018
North Bay Business Journal

Wine Spectator

Top 100 Wines of 2020:  2018 Chardonnay, Reata Wines, Sonoma Coast, California


Wine Spectator

Top 100 Wines of 1994 * Ranked #30:  1992 Zinfandel, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma Valley

Top 100 Washington Wines of 2015, Seattle Met Magazine
Top 10 Bordeaux-Style Blends:  2011 Proprietary Red, Swiftwater Cellars, Columbia Valley, WA

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2014
Best of Class / Top Dry Riesling:  2012 Riesling, Swiftwater Cellars, Columbia  Valley, WA


Equipped the cellar and instituted winemaking programs and protocols, building the wine portfolio from 4 to 14 products by 2014.  Established relationships with growers at some the the most amazing vineyard sites in the Columbia Valley, including vineyards in Red Mtn, Walla Walla, Horse Heaven, Wahluke Slope and Yakima Valley. 
Very pleased to have the wines well-received beginning with my first vintage, including 90+ scores and a spot on the 2014 Seattle Met list of top 100 WA Wines.
Being a start-up, there are many hats to be worn:
* Wine Bar -- Implemented operating procedures and sales programs, as well as provide training to wine bar staff.
* Distributor Sales -- Managing the winery's Seattle-based distributor by setting and monitoring sales goals, incentive programs, depletion allowances and working the market in support of their efforts.
* Wine Cost Accounting -- Track wine CoG's and provide the winery's accounting firm with detailed cost analyses.
* Inventory Control -- Devised case goods inventory tracking system that interfaces with government compliance reporting needs.