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Working…

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison

So, I haven’t been able to write in so long because we have 9 baby goats. Four of the babies were not able to nurse from their mothers, so we had to bottle feed them. Getting up extra early to make baby bottles, and venturing out to feed each one. We hold each one in our lap, and give them a bottle. This occurs first thing in the morning, afternoon, evening, and at nightfall. As they have grown we can cut back, and now they are all at one whole bottle per day. We do a half feeding in the morning, and one at night.

Now, I start to get my life back to being close to normal. We still have one more pregnant goat. Her sister gave birth to a beautiful black female. We hope that the sister will give birth to another female, but we will have to wait for a few more days before we find out what she is carrying.

We also have to run the winery, and plan a few weddings. Not weddings of our own, but people that want to get married at the winery.

Our son is about to graduate from high school, and our daughter will graduate next year. So many things happening…we are growing in so many directions. Here are some photos of our baby goats.

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Christine George

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I have several paintings of horses, but this is one of my favorites. A knight sits astride the beautiful palomino. The gleaning of the metal in juxtaposition to the chestnut color of the body of the horse. The sunlight gleams on the metal, and right in the center of the shield for the horse is a sunburst. The golden yellow seems to have it’s own light, which then brings the eye of the spectator to the eye of the horse. Now, the eye of the spectator and the horse are locked…since the eye of the horse is gently looking back at the viewer. The eye of the viewer then follows the elbow up to the top of the canvas. The red color brings the eye back to the bottom of the canvas, looking at the blanket. Christine has done an excellent job of allowing a nice flow for the spectator. the eye is wandering around the canvas, and finding another aspect of the painting that went unnoticed the last time it was viewed. This painting hangs in our family room. The hose peeking at us while we are on the couch. I often find myself checking in on the horse and rider, but let’s not kid ourselves this painting is all about the horse.

Oso Libre

My husband and I met Chris through another friend. We knew him before we owned a winery ourselves. Roberto and Chris took a trip to our 500 acre ranch, where Chris fell in love with our land. He uses the land for his cows. His cows run on the ranch before they go on to become his famous angus burgers.

His family got the name Oso Libre (which means free bears) from their name… Chris and Linda Behr and one of his sons Jeff Freeland and his wife Elizabeth…with the blend they came up with Oso Libre…pretty cool!

I can personally attest to the quality of the wines. One of my favorites, is the 2014 Volado Viognier, it’s crisp, and dry, yet refreshing. I believe every time I have been over to visit I have to purchase a bottle of it. It goes so well with chicken or fish. Although it is fantastic when paired with a meal, it is good enough to stand alone.

The tasting room is beautifully decorated, and the ambiance is warm and inviting. It is refined elegance! The staff welcomes everyone that comes through the doors.

Pruning Time

The olive trees need maintenance, just like everything else. This is the time of the year we have to prune all those trees. Their silvery leaves that are billowing in the wind need some trimming. Sometimes, it is a little difficult to find people to do the running since this is also the season to prune for the vines. The climate in this are is perfect for Mediterranean food and faire. It is warm and dry during the day in the summer, and then up to 50 degrees cooler in the evening. Our overall temperatures are very close to southern France. When the averages are compared with the cool nights, our area is a little cooler.

Now, we have had so much rain, and it will impact the flavors of the olives and the grapes. The water from all the rain hasn’t yet soaked into the earth, it’s like a sponge that can’t pick up any more water. The water is just running off, and not being absorbed. This week, we are going to have warm, sunny days, which will allow the some drying before more rains come back to our area. No one is complaining about all the rain, since we really need it to completely recover from our four years of drought. I am so excited to taste the differences in the fruits this year! I’m sure they are ripe with possibilities!

So, what does our olive grove look like now? Here is a photo before the trimming of our Italian variety olive trees.

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Believing In Signs

One Big Sign

Before we found our farm, we looked for 7 years. It was a long seven years too. One gentleman promised we would have a house, and we stayed in escrow for 9 months. My husband was heartbroken. One day, on our way home from Santa Barbara we stopped to drive by the property in escrow. We saw the photo below, and I knew it was done. We were not going to get this property that was in escrow for 9 long months.

When I pray, I ask for big signs that I can’t ignore. I have even said out loud in my prayers…You know I don’t do subtle, so show me something unmistakable. I would say this sign was pretty clear. It looks like a giant foot to me. What do you think? On our drive home, I already started the mourning process for the property. IMG_3613

Our Wonderful Staff and Interns

Ismael Balderas

 

 

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In 2013, the Morelli family brought Ismael (Sam) Balderas on board to help them with their vision of vineyards, winery and orchards after the acquisition of many ranches and prior to owning a winery.  Sam has over 40 years of experience in Winery, Vineyard operations and is a well established Winemaker.  He is recognized as a world acclaimed Burgundian Style wine producer and has received numerous awards from prestigious wine magazines and wine writers.  He has been named BEST Producer of the Best 100 World Producers for several years.  In 2001 Sam was awarded the ONLY 100 points score at a World Wine Competition held in France.

 

 

 

Miguel Uribe

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Miguel joined San Marcos Creek back in 1999 !   There is not a day goes by that you will not find him in the field carrying for the vines and landscaping like his own backyard.  His vast experience and knowledge of both of the vineyard and winery makes him extremely flexible and able to work all aspects of the business.  Miguel brings the slogan “Fine wine beings at the vines …” to a reality !

 

 

 

 

Sunni Mullinax

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2016, the Morelli’s brought Sunni Mullinax to the tasting room and general operations.  She brings a wealth of wine information and has a vast knowledge of marketing, wine club, and events.  (Yes, she is guilty of redesigning our emails and can’t wait to hear your feedback!)   Mentioning Sunni would not be complete without giving a shout out to her husband Dave, her herding dog Buddy and newly acquired rescue cats, Doobie and Dante.  She lives in Paso Robles and is a Cal Poly alum, animal lover, runner, cook, health nut, and wine geek.

Melissa Nisse

Joining the San Marcos Creek family for 2017, Melissa Nisse !  She grew up in Lockwood, California a very small town in southern Monterey county.  She has always felt like I was a big fish in a small pond so shortly after graduating high school she moved to the “big city”.  You guessed it Paso Robles, California where she quickly fell in love with the wine industry.  Melissa lives in the heart of downtown Paso with her hard working husband Sean and her daughter Hazel and loyal pup Ty.   You can see her in the tasting room so come on in enjoy some wine and stay awhile.

 

 

San Marcos Creek Marketing Team (Cal-Poly 2017):

 

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Kaitlin Brennan
I was born and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania and moved to California at the age of 16 to attend boarding school and subsequently, Cal Poly. I am a fourth year business administration major with a concentration marketing. I have a passion for consumer marketing and have obtained diverse project and work experiences in my classes and through internships. My most recent experience comes from Social Media and Consumer Marketing at MINDBODY, Inc, Sports Marketing and Fan Promotions at Cal Poly Athletics, and a senior project developing a campaign for Facebook and the Department of Homeland Security. In my free time I love to be outside, play sports, travel and spend time with family and friends.  My grandparents are members of the San Marcos Creek Wine Club!

 

 

 

 

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Britney Deacon

I am currently in my fourth year at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo where I am majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I’m originally from Los Gatos, California where my family owns a winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I worked for my family’s winery all throughout high school and during the summers once I started at Cal Poly. At the winery, I helped plan and run events for both wine club members as well as those that were open to the public. In addition to my work experience at my family’s winery, I spent last summer as a Communications Intern for FIRST 5 Santa Clara County where I gained marketing experience through generating social media content for the company’s multiple social media accounts as well as publishing both internal and external newsletters. In my free time I like to travel, eat good food, and spend time with my family and friends.

 

 

 

 

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Kyle Heuerman

 

I am a senior business student concentrating in Marketing from Pleasant Hill, California . I have sales experience from an internship from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and through my time spent at Enterprise I learned various techniques to understand the customer. I also worked with management to improve one aspect of the company. I utilized this opportunity to create a new promotional campaign to reach markets that are currently untapped or underutilized. During my free time I enjoy cruising the outdoors on my mountain bike, exploring the central coast and spending time with my family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

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Skyler Hubler
Hi there! I am a senior Marketing student and am excited to be entering my final quarter at Cal Poly. I am passionate about marketing and advertising and am always looking to expand my knowledge about different industries. I have previously held two advertising agency internships working in the Strategic Planning department, where I gained valuable experience conducting market research and leveraging consumer insights to develop strategic recommendations for clients such as Hyundai, LG, and Wienerschnitzel. I currently work as a Marketing Assistant for Cal Poly Corporation, where I assist with various marketing needs for the campus dining venues as well as the University Store. In my free time I enjoy exploring the outdoors and relaxing with a nice glass of wine.

 

 
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Julia Rowe
I am a fourth year Business Administration student with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. I have experience working in the hospitality industry for two summers as a front desk receptionist for Redac Gateway Hotel in Torrance, California. This is a small hotel that is going through a change of ownership and renovations. I have gained tremendous knowledge of the process of the major changes that occurred in the first two years of the acquirement of this hotel. I have also gained marketing and sales experience through an internship with Enterprise Rent-a-Car over the past summer. I was very excited to take this course because I really enjoy finding solutions to problems.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris Stubblefield
I’m a senior business student concentrating in marketing from Elk Grove, California. I am interested in the fields of brand management and advertisement. Currently; I am the Treasurer for the American Marketing Association, Marketing Mentor for the Orfalea College of Business, and a Student Assistant for Administration. As a marketing mentor I have gained further insights on managing multiple teams and guiding them through developing thorough marketing plans based on a product of their choice and developing pitches for investors. In the past I have also worked as a marketing assistant for Limberg LASIK. With Limberg I helped manage their social media accounts, engage new clients as their initial point of contact, and manage many of the back-end workings of the office. In my spare time I like to hike, explore San Luis Obispo county, and mess around with Photoshop.

 

 

 

 

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Alicia Yonan
I am a fourth year Business Administration student concentrating in Marketing at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA, and have interned in a variety of industries including the health and wellness, theme parks, and hotels. Most recently, I have worked within Consumer Insight at The Walt Disney Company, where I worked closely with Marketing Strategy to evaluate consumer responses to Disneyland and determining the optimal way to continue our marketing. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, eating at the local restaurants, and binge watching shows on Netflix.

We have enjoyed having our interns meet with us, and work with us over the past quarter. We will miss them, yet we want to wish them well in their future endeavors!

 

 

 

 

Cow Nest

It has been so wet here lately that I felt bad for Luna and Stella. I took at bail of hay down to the pasture to make a little nest for the girls. It was a hit, and the girls loved it, and here is my proof…img_9201