Here’s a PFV Profile for one of our tasting room hosts, Aleks! He has been with PFV since late Summer and brings great personality to the tasting room. He loves meeting and talking to our guests, which we love about him. Aleks is a huge history buff, which is fantastic for us as we, as well as guests, learn many new facts from him. So, here’s a little interview to get to know him more!
When you’re not working, what can we find you up to?
My wife and I live on a cattle ranch in Parkfield, Calif. We usually help out with the daily chores and are soon going to start our own farming projects including chickens, pigs, and goats.
I also work at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo as the Advertising Manager for their student publication, The Cuestonian.
If you had a friend visit the Central Coast, where is one place you would tell them they would have to visit and why?
I would definitely take my friends to Hearst Castle. The historical collection there is awe inspiring and the importance to local history cannot be understated. As a journalist, I am deeply interested in the man behind the castle, William Randolph Hearst.
The Hearst family is still very active in the local community as well. My wife remembers working for Phoebe Cooke, a granddaughter of Mr.Hearst, on her horse ranch out in Parkfield.
Being a movie fan, what is your top 3 favorite movies?
Always a very difficult question. The Departed would have to be high on the list because it seems to always be creeping around somewhere in my top ten. I am a huge fan of documentaries, especially agriculturally related ones like Food, inc. Kung Pow: Enter the Fist is the favorite movie that my sister and I share. It is a comedy where Steve Odenkirk has taken an old 1970’s Kung Fu style movie and dubbed over the script with his own writing. Through the magic of the green screen, he also inserted himself in as the main character. It is ridiculous, but my sister and I can quote every line throughout the movie.
What band/musician are you currently loving and why?
I listen to all kinds of music, whatever suits me. I have really been enjoying Macklemore feat. Ryan Lewis (The Heist). His lyrics are very well written and they transcend race and social status. I also have been listening to Mumford and Sons. The “new”grass music genre is very popular and the complexity is welcomed, especially with how overproduced a lot of music has been lately.
Any hobbies or interests that you’re passionate about?
I am passionate for the new local food movement (locavorism) that is popping up around the country. My wife and I want to make a career from farming and the best way to do that is to be passionate about creating a sustainable and local food source.We also are both 4-H leaders for the Parkfield Club. We are currently teaching 6-12 year olds how to cook their own food in our culinary arts project. We also have an outdoor adventures club that exposes them to the great outdoors.My wife and I also just got back from hiking over 800 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. We did the first third of the trail, hiking between the Mexican border to Yosemite National Park. Hiking for three months really allowed me to get to know the greatest passion of my life, my beautiful wife Lilla.
We know you’ve done some acting, so what was the last production you were apart of?
I played Porthos in the Cuesta College production of The Three Musketeers. I have done dozens of shows before, but this was by far my favorite. We even had a fight choreographer fly in from Arizona to train us for our 11 fights. We used real swords and I have the scars to prove it (more like tiny scratches on my knuckles). I literally poured my blood, sweat, and tears on that stage. I have no plans to do another show for a while. This production took a lot out of me, with rehearsals lasting 15 hours a day, seven days a week, for the last three weeks of rehearsals.
Theodore Roosevelt is perhaps my favorite president because of all the work he did for food safety and the national parks. He also is the poster child for the term “manliness”. How many American Presidents can you name that has a video of them chopping down a tree?Living would have to be Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms in West Virginia. He is a self proclaimed “lunatic farmer” that is really fighting for small farmers and also has been very influential in my farming philosophy. If you can get past his excessive use of adjectives in describing the farm policies of the United States, you can learn something.
Lastly, if you were a wine, what would you be and why?
I would have to choose Zinfandel because of the complexity of the wine. It is influenced greatly by the location of where it lives and also by the winemakers who transform it. It can sometimes be peppery, sometimes it can be smooth, and other times it can be mind-blowing.