- Founding Vintners
With a degree in Economics from the University of Virginia, Anne-Marie would seem far more suited to her current career than her tradition-defying husband. Stints in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, first in New York and then Tokyo, venture capital at Advent International in Boston and the Bay Area, and then as an entrepreneur at an Internet start-up cum flame-out in San Francisco made her excruciatingly familiar with spreadsheets and pie-in-the sky projections.
Once wooed to the Napa Valley by Ehren, Anne-Marie dove into the wine business during the harvest of 1996 with a cellar job at William Hill Winery in order to learn the physical elements of an industry so often associated with glamour. Marketing positions followed at Beringer Wine Estates and Chappellet Vineyards before co-founding Failla Jordan with Ehren. During the earliest years of our vineyard, she pruned vines, picked fruit and learned to wield a weedwacker. Anne-Marie currently manages the business side of Failla and the business end of our daughters Audrey, born in 2001 and Vivien, born in 2005.