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About Bill Ryan

A longtime resident with a business background

A resident of St. Helena for 40 years, I moved to California from the East Coast to work in the wine industry. In 1975 I was recruited to join Beringer at an exciting time in the emerging super-premium wine industry. It was a chance to help develop the template for the Napa Valley wine industry as it moved to the very top of New World wine regions, where it remains today.

I led the sales department, hospitality group, pioneered Beringer’s export arm and created its groundbreaking Train the Trainer wine-education program. During my 18 years at Beringer, we experienced continued sales growth and impact on the industry. Beringer is the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley, and the only winery to ever place both a red and a white wine at the top of The Wine Spectator’s annual list of the Top 100 wines.

Fishing is my day job

I began writing my monthly St. Helena Star fishing column, “Fishing Is My Day Job” in 2002Bill Ryan UpValley Notary on the Go
and I published my 310th column in December, 2016. You can also read my weekly fishing report in the Friday Napa Valley Register sports section.

I began fishing when I was just six--back in Rhode Island, my grandfather took me ice fishing – and I was hooked. My fishing experiences around the world inform my writing, allowing me to entertain and provide valuable information to my readers. I’ve been a member of the Napa County Wildlife Conservation Commission since 2009. I'm also a member and former board member of Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) and a steering committee member of the Queen’s Napa Valley Heartsafe Project.