This month marked my first sales trip as the new Sales & Marketing Assistant here at Talley Vineyards. Being that this was my first trip, I traveled with Talley Vineyards' National Sales Manager, David Block. On this trip we were headed to Scottsdale, Arizona to work in the market for a few days. For a winery, working in the market entails traveling to different wine shops, restaurants and wine bars with our sales representative from that market to hopefully get Talley Vineyards present in their region. To be honest, I was a little daunted by the idea of going on a sales trip to Arizona, for one main reason. When I worked in the tasting room, guests would come visit from their homes in Arizona and tell me their stories of 100 degree weather and how for them, it's not really hot until its about 105 degrees. 105 degrees! Having grown up on the central coast, I have a very sheltered idea of warm weather. Deciding on our dates for the trip made my mind fill with ease, knowing we will be going to Arizona in February, not in the middle of the summer heat.
We spent 2 days working in the Scottsdale market and I feel like I got to experience the very best of the city. On our first night, David took me down a back alley to a wooden door with a sign reading "The Truth is Inside" that opened up to what I would have to assume one would call a speakeasy. Kazimierz Wine Bar has an extensive wine list featuring over 3,200 wines with the ambiance to make you feel like it's the 1920's and you shouldn't be there. The next day we got to meet up with some amazing businesses that are revitalizing Scottsdale with their creativity, ingenuity and brilliant taste in wine and food. Getting to experience the city from a insider's perspective and meeting these wonderful people along the way gives traveling a whole new light. Not to mention the amazing food I was lucky enough to enjoy! From dishes I never thought I'd try to George at George and Sons offering us hallucinogenic peppercorns, to say I won't forget this trip is an understatement.
This has been a whirlwind of a year! I started here at the Talley Vineyards Tasting Room in August of 2012 with the hopes of someday making a career with the Talley Vineyards team. Although I loved working in the tasting room and experiencing the day to day thrills of spending each day with different customers, I jumped at the opportunity when a sales and marketing assistant position opened up. Through multiple interviews with people I had become friends with over the past year, and the unfortunate task of working in the tasting room and having to come face to face with my competition as they came in for their interviews, it felt like the hardest application process I had ever been through. After what felt like months (although I'm pretty sure it was just a few weeks) I was beyond thrilled to sit in the room I most feared during the interview process and be offered the job of Sales & Marketing Assistant. I think I must have had the biggest smile on my face because after exclaiming, "I'M SO EXCITED!" Brian Talley replied, "I can tell!" I don't think I could wipe that smile off my face that entire day, probably that entire week! I spent the next few weeks finishing up my time in the tasting room and on October 1st, 2013 I started in my new position.
Having been working since I was 15 years old, usually multiple jobs at a time, having the weekends off for the first time in my life is a treat I have yet to find normal. As challenging as a new job can be, I can honestly say that I've enjoyed every day of it. Learning new tasks, taking on challenges, and getting the opportunity to represent Talley Vineyards at trade and consumers events are all things I am excited about. And as this year comes to a close, I think I am most looking forward to what is to come; my first sales trip with National Sales Manager, David Block, is already on the calendar and I can't wait.
But enough about me! If you live on the Central Coast or need a vacation after your holiday vacation, this is the place to be. January brings one of my favorite times of the year, Restaurant Month. This wonderful tradition allows you to treat your family, your spouse, your friends, or just yourself to a beautiful three course meal at a local restaurant for the unbeatable price of $30! What makes restaurant month on the Central Coast even better is the added bonus of every restaurant hosting a local winery. This year Talley Vineyards is proud to announce that we are partnered with Novo Restaurant & Lounge in San Luis Obispo! Stop by for a night out and enjoy the newly released 2012 Talley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay paired with Novo's Portuguese-inspired salt cod fritters with lemon aioli and pickled vegetables. Don't miss the chance to experience the very best of SLO County during the month of January and indulge in the new year!