Sonoma County Vintners has hired Ben Neuman as the organization’s compliance manager. The role will support Sonoma County Vintners’ Community Connection Initiative, which is designed to increase communication with neighbors, develop best practices education for the community and provide solutions to challenges the county’s success and growth have created. He’ll focus on assisting Sonoma County Vintners winery members with use-permit education and compliance matters.

Two new appointments to the organization’s Board of Directors include Stuart Bryan of Pride Mountain Vineyards and Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Family Wines. Bryan is vintner ambassador at Pride with 30 years’ national wine sales experience, including nearly two decades at Pride. He transitioned from director of national sales in 2014 to vintner ambassador. Owner and winemaker Clay Mauritson is the sixth generation in a family of grapegrowers. He worked at Kenwood Vineyards in sales and marketing, then with winemakers at Taft Street Vineyards and Dry Creek Vineyards. In 1998, he produced his first bottling of Dry Creek Zinfandel under his Mauritson Family label and, in 2002, devoted his efforts full-time to the Mauritson Family Wines project.