Happy Fourth of July to you all! I hope you all have a spectacular and safe holiday.One of the best things about my job is getting to meet many families in the wine business. Growing grapes is farming no matter how you look at it and these folks are farming families. Brian Talley and his family have been growing produce in Arroyo Grande, in California’s Central Coast region since 1948. They added grapes in the form of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in 1986 and the resulting wines have put them in California’s elite among wineries. Jim Pedroncelli was born on the family farm in Sonoma’s Dry Creek AVA over 80 years ago. The Pedroncellis started with plums and apples but went to grape growing and wine production after the repeal of prohibition in 1933! Farm life has been good to Jim who could pass for a much younger man. Finally, there is the Bilbro family. Christopher started the winery in the early 1980s, raising the business from the ground up while also raising four children, all of whom are in the wine/farming craft.
We’ll be sampling these wines and other beverages at our stores this week. Hope to see you at one of them.
-Bill The Wine Guy