CalCPA 2020 Wine Conference

Conference To Focus on Economic Outlook of California's $43 Billion Wine Industry; Impact of COVID-19 and Wildfires; and Labor Laws 

Nov. 5, 2020

BURLINGAME, CA—This past year has been a trying one for California’s wine industry. Supply chains and distribution have been disrupted, wholesale demand has decreased, labor laws have impacted growers and revenues were hammered across the sector. 

Attend the CalCPA 2020 Wine Industry Virtual Conference to find out what is affecting this sector, as well as learn about the economic, tax, accounting and legal developments impacting winery owners.

“Between the pandemic, wildfires and economic uncertainty, 2020 has been an incredibly trying year for the wine industry,” said Rae Paulson, CPA, business assurance senior manager with Moss Adams and chair of the CalCPA Wine Industry Conference Committee. “Come join us for this two day conference where you will learn about critical changes facing the industry—directly from top industry experts—and possible solutions.”

Hear more from Paulson about this year's conference in this video.

WHEN: Dec. 7-8 | 8:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m. PT


WHAT: This two-day virtual conference will cover local and global trends shaping the California wine industry, as well as equip accounting and finance professionals with the latest information about the outlook for this sector so that they can best advise wine industry clients or employers. This year’s virtual conference will include: 
  • Keynote focusing on the future of the wine industry in the digital evolution era
  • Impact of 2020 California wildfires focusing on the effect on property taxes
  • Insurance update
  • Overall economic outlook for the wine industry
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the wine industry
  • Consequences of items in the CARES Act (Non-income tax) 
  • Use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the wine industry; 
  • Inventory costing
  • Income tax planning and strategy
  • Recognizing new tax
  • Accounting and legislative updates that impact the wine industry
  • Crop valuation issues
  • Grower relations
  • Ultimate impact on the "2020 vintage" 
  • Oversupply issues   
WHO: Expert speakers include:
  • Jean-Charles Boisset, proprietor & president of Boisset Collection
  • Erik Lawrence, managing partner of Gaw Van Male
  • Kathy DeVillers, CFO of Vintage Wine Estates
  • Tobin Ginter, CFO of Rodney Strong Vineyards
  • Tory Sims, CFO of Frank Family Vineyards
  • Bob Aldridge, senior executive officer of Louis Jardot Estates
  • Corey Beck, CEO & winemaking chief of Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  • Richard Rybicki, labor and employment attorney of Rybicki & Associates, P.C.
  • David Pardes, CPA, tax partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers 
About CalCPA
CalCPA traces its heritage to 1903 when the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants was organized. In 1909, it merged with two other state CPA associations to form CalCPA. CalCPA serves more than 43,000 members in public practice, private industry, academia and government, and has 14 chapters across California. CalCPA also offers more than 1,400 live courses, conferences, webcasts and on-demand self- courses annually. More information is available online.