Andy Phipps is a third-generation Californian who got bit by the wine bug during a semester abroad in France. Other than a scarf for his mom, all he brought back was a backpack full of his favorite wines from Bordeaux, St. Émilion and other famous wine regions.
Two short years later and after a brief career at Coca-Cola, Andy met the Cellar Master at Beaulieu Vineyard (BV), during one of his many day trips to the Napa Valley, and was offered a position as a General Winery Worker. It was this position that would lead to the knowledge and understanding of the entire winemaking process.
Andy worked in the cellar, laboratory, on the crush pad & bottling line, and, briefly, under André Tchelistcheff, aka the Maestro, on experimental lots during André’s final year consulting and until his passing in 1994. This experience taught Andy the history & fundamentals of classic winemaking, attention to detail & cleanliness and the art of blending. In short, the BV Cellar taught him everything that he could possibly learn about grape-to-table fine wine production.
After his various production roles, Andy transferred to work as a Trade Representative for the BV Hospitality Center & Georges de La Tour Private Reserve Room. He then joined the national sales team, as a Sales Development Analyst, where he learned distributor management, out-of-state market management and sales forecasting & analysis.
Phipps Family Cellars (PFC) was founded in 2004 with a desire to create small lot wines from coveted vineyards for memorable occasions. In 12 harvests, Phipps Family Cellars has grown from producing 350 cases of Zinfandel to over 3,500 cases of various varietals annually. In 2007, Phipps Family Cellars added the STATUS QUO label (our homage to André Tchelistcheff), and in 2015 our third label, the CALIFORNIA Wine Company was introduced to offer everyday-priced wines.