Because our first vintage of wine was in 1986, we have been looking for opportunities to celebrate Talley Vineyards 30th anniversary throughout the year. We’ve had some fun with 1980’s themed parties, old pictures on our social media sites, and some anniversary logoed items. But we’ve also realized that there is a lot of work to do here in 2016 and it is hard to focus too much on 1986!
In conjunction with SLO Wine Country’s Roll Out the Barrels weekend, we hosted a lovely event last Saturday; it highlighted some of the special things we’ve done here over the last thirty years. The event started with a retrospective tasting of some of our best vintages of Talley Vineyards Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. That was followed by a farm to table lunch featuring fresh produce from Talley Farms Fresh Harvest, Talley Farms’ CSA (community supported agriculture) program.
Certainly the wine enjoyed during the retrospective tasting focused attention on how consistently delicious our Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs have been. Comparing wines from 2006 through 2014 showed a nice age worthiness in the older vintages and a fresh approachability in the new releases. It was an excellent opportunity for both our attending customers and Talley Vineyards staff to acknowledge that our thirty years of winemaking is something to celebrate.
The lunch that followed included plenty of delicious produce provided by Talley Farms Fresh Harvest. While Talley Vineyards is happy to celebrate a 30th anniversary, Talley Farms has a much longer history. Founded in 1948, Talley Farms has steadily grown into a company that grows, packs, and ships a variety of high quality vegetables and fruits. These showed up on the lunch table in everything from the green salad to the lemon pound cake everyone enjoyed at dessert.
There isn’t always a lot of time to ponder the past, but Talley Vineyards 30th anniversary has inspired us to think about where we started and how far we’ve come. Without a doubt, last Saturday’s tasting and lunch reinforced for everyone that over the years we have made some great wine and grown some wonderful food!