Bruce Phillips: Napa Valley grape sourcing is a 'significant concern'

NAPA -- Bruce Phillips is a grapegrower, two-decade veteran of food and consumer-products industries, and a leader in agriculture.

He will be a panelist at the Business Journal's Impact Napa: Wine conference Thursday in Napa.

Since 2003, Mr. Phillips has been managing partner of Phillips Family Farming, LLC, which grows grapes on 72-acre cabernet sauvignon-focused Vine Hill Ranch in the Mayacamas Mountains and in the southwest reach of the Oakville appellation. The company also produces the VHR wine label, released in 2011.

For nearly a decade before that, he was director of information technology strategy for Constellation Brands. In the 1990s, he was director of expansion for natural juice company Odwalla. He has served on the boards of Napa Valley Grapegrowers and the California Association of Winegrape Growers.

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