The Washington Wine Commission has appointed a new communications team to cover the increasing number of wine producers since 2003.

Gary Werner, who joined the commission as communications director in June, spent a decade working in London, with experience on national newspapers and international book publishers to UK- and US-based wine industry magazines. Most recently Gary had worked with the William Reed group.

Gary is the Commission's primary contact for trade, business and global media.

Ryan Pennington was appointed senior communications manager in mid-April.  Previously, he directed several accounts for a "top ten" US public relations firm.  Ryan is the primary contact for local and national (US) consumer and lifestyle media.

"Ryan and Gary are committed to developing a comprehensive and compelling communications strategy for this industry; and we are very excited about the enthusiasm, expertise and experience they bring to the task," said Commission executive director Robin Pollard.