Meet: Lynn Parrish

We wanted to revisit getting to know our team as Parrish Family Vineyard is very much what it is because of our team. So, here’s your chance to learn more about them!

First up, Lynn Parrish, who is an owner and has been an integral part of the team behind the scenes.

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What do you love about Paso Robles?
That it is thriving and growing, but still has that small town appeal.

Where is your favorite spot on the Central Coast?
My home in Creston where we planted our first vineyard (1995). It’s a little slice of heaven.

What are you passionate about?
Any project I tackle be it gardening, work on the ranch, or during the winter months some kind of craft work. And, of course, my 30 year long passion of weight lifting!

How do you take your coffee?
Black in the morning and half-and-half with sweetener in the afternoon.

What is your favorite dish?
Almost anything cooked in a slow cooker.

What is one job you’ve had before that would surprise people?
I was a firefighter for the US Forestry during the summer breaks when I was in college.

What is your favorite family tradition?
Celebrating the 4th of July at our place in Creston down at our little lake.

What is one of your favorite memories at the winery?
When David and I single handedly made our Cabernet Sauvignon in 2009.

PFV Team: Lynlee

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Lynlee has been a part of the Parrish family for a year and a half. She has been a great ambassador of our wines as well as being a wonderful hostess to our patrons. You will just have to stop by on Friday & Saturday evenings to meet this charming woman with her delightful laugh.

What is your favorite wine & TV pairing?

Petite Sirah and American Horror Story

When you’re not at work, what can we find you up to?

Dog Park, creating new recipes with my herb garden, and exploring Paso wineries in the area.

Your first wine memory…what was the wine, who did you enjoy it with, and any other fun facts:

 I didn’t enjoy wines until my 30’s. I was with my best girlfriend in my garden and we had recently found out that her husband’s had an incurable cancer.  We enjoyed the moon light the garden and Ghost Pines Zinfandel.

What’s your favorite dish right now?

 Purans fire cracker shrimp and Salsa and Beers Orange salsa with fresh tortilla chips.

What musician could you listen to all the time & why?

Depends on my mood:

Edith Piaf always and forever my all time favorite artist.

Lois Armstrong…speaks to my soul.

Madonna…I don’t have to think about anything. Just fun music.

Tori Amos for moody music.

Marty Robinson for classic country

Patsy Cline for an amazing sing able songs.

Hole…Malibu when I feel angst and moody.

Too many artists. I can’t name one.

 

If you could be any wine, what wine would you be? 

Is Sake a wine…..lol…ok, Malbec.

PFV Team: Caysi

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We are lucky to have Caysi on our team as she is hard working, knowledgeable, a Paso local, and a wonderful hostess to our guests and members. Visit the tasting room and you’ll see why she’s beloved by many, in the mean time, get to know Caysi….

What is your favorite wine & TV pairing?

Oh wow. That’s an intriguing question! Unfortunately, in our house, we watch a lot of TV in the evenings! Having said that, how about if I narrow it down to two?

Comedy: The Big Bang Theory paired with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. There’s nothing like a bit of humor and some hilariously complicated and socially awkward characters paired with a light glass of wine to unwind at the end of the day!

Drama: NCIS (the original) paired with Petite Sirah. It’s a little darker, more complex, but still easy to drink. It starts out big and bold, but mellows with time. By the end of an hour-long action and drama packed episode, it’s so smooth and comforting.

When you’re not at work, what can we find you up to?

I bake. A lot. While most people find it strange, seeing as I don’t regularly eat sweets, I absolutely LOVE to bake. In my house I bake all of our breads, pastries, cereals, tortillas, cookies, cupcakes, etc. You name it and I’ll try to bake it… at least once. I find it to be both beneficial and therapeutic. What can I say? I’m a people-pleaser! I love doling out sweets in the same way my Grammy used to invite people into her home!

>PFV: And boy, are we spoiled with her treats!<

Also, one of my 2016 New Year’s resolutions was to become more active, spend more time with my husband, and get more women friends in my life! So, every Tuesday morning (with my friend Heather), Wednesday afternoon (for my Women’s Wednesdays), and most early mornings on Saturdays (for a couples day) I head out to Heillmann Park in Atascadero to play some Disc Golf. It’s a low impact sport that my husband, Ryan, has been playing since he was thirteen. While I’m not any good at it (and I’m okay with that) it gets me out into the fresh air, offers a good hike, amazing company, and great laughs. Let me stress this again… I’m not good, so it’s great entertainment!

Your first wine memory…what was the wine, who did you enjoy it with, and any other fun facts:

My family didn’t drink a lot of wine when I was growing up and when they did, they had no idea what to look for! So, how about my first good wine memory? In the spirit of absolute honesty, it was a date. The meal prepared was the most simple but perfectly seasoned and grilled fresh diver scallops, grilled asparagus with hollandaise, fresh spring greens with a citrus vinaigrette and a bottle of Tablas Creek’s Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc. Believe it or not, with the exception of the wine, it was all scratch made. I know, I live a blessed life… I did marry a cook after all!

You grew up in Paso Robles, what is your favorite part about Paso & why? 

So many reasons, so little time! The simplest reason? History. My mother’s family settled in the Lockwood Valley and Bryson-Hisperia area in the mid-1880’s. It’s hard to not be proud of something like that. I have vivid memories of my grandparents driving into town with us to do their grocery shopping. Inevitably, they would stop at what is now Steve’s Gas because it was (and still is) a Full Service Station, visit Old Town Drug for any prescriptions and maybe an old fashioned soda, and then stop at Foster’s Freeze or A&W for a quick bite to eat on their way home. And let’s not forget Wilson’s Cafe! They did love Wilson’s for Breakfast! As much as this town has grown and expanded, when you visit downtown it still feels small. I like that Paso Robles hasn’t lost that. At the end of the day, we’re all descended from a bunch of farmers and ranchers.

What’s your favorite dish right now?

Finally! An easy question! Without a doubt it is my husband’s Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf with a twice baked potato on the side. It’s phenomenal! Vegetables and salad are optional. Just give me the meatloaf and potatoes. Classic. Divine. Comfort Food.

What musician could you listen to all the time & why?

This answer will vary anytime you ask me. Right now? John Denver. He’s classic and he always kept it simple. That’s what I like. Simple. I don’t listen to a lot of today’s music. Really, all anyone needs to succeed is one instrument and good lyrics… which makes me want to listen to some Simon and Garfunkel.

If you could be any wine, what wine would you be?  

Hmmm. I’d have to say Cabernet Sauvignon. While it may be King, I am the Queen (at least in my own head)! But really, I do love Cabernet. It’s my go-to wine for any time. It pairs well with a variety of food, can be sipped on it’s own after a long day, and lends itself beautifully to Ryan’s red wine gravy!

Thanksgiving Foodies – Noni & David

Noni and David now share their favorite Thanksgiving dishes!

Noni’s says that this easy sweet potato casserole is like desert with the buttery and sweet topping.  It truly sounds delicious!  And David goes for the classic with turkey and gravy.  He does seem eager to carve the turkey every Thanksgiving!  Although, as the carver he hands out little samples to everyone in the family.

Sweet Potato Casserole 
PFV Pinterest Recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/341358846730722832/
Pair With: GSM belnd

Turkey (Apple Cider Glazed Recipe)
PFV Pinterest Recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/341358846730723058/
Pair With: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine

Bourbon Gravy
PFV Pinterest Recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/341358846727320842/

May your Thanksgiving be full of love, joy, and gratitude! 

Share in the season’s joy with us:
http://www.parrishfamilyvineyard.com

Thanksgiving Foodies – Bree & Cecily

More Thanksgiving foodie thoughts! Here’s what Bree and Cecily (that’s me!) had to say regarding their favorite Thanksgiving dishes:

Bree shares a delicious roasted butternut squash dish that sounds perfect for Thanksgiving, or anytime during the fall/winter months.  I’m thinking you could even substitute the butternut squash with pumpkin!  My favorite dish is Pecan Pie because it’s not only a delicious way to finish the meal, but it brings back memories of being with my grannie who also loved pecan pie.

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Butternut Squash 
PFV Pinterest Recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/341358846730706465/
Pair With: Chardonnay

Classic Toasted Pecan Pie
PFV Pinterest Recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/341358846727320800/
(the recipe is in the comments)
Pair With: Port, Sherry, GSM Blend

May your Thanksgiving be full of love, joy, and gratitude! 

Share in the season’s joy with us:
http://www.parrishfamilyvineyard.com

 

Thanksgiving Foodies – Lynn & Ethan

At Parrish Family Vineyard, we are foodies and also fans of the holidays!  Check out what Lynn and Ethan had to say regarding their favorite Thanksgiving dishes:

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Lynn chose a very classic gelatin dish that has been one of our holiday standards.  Nana was a very joyful person who loved singing, being with family, and cooking for Thanksgiving.  Ethan, being the Turkey Master of the family, picks two delicious proteins of the holiday…turkey and bacon!

Nana’s Salad 
PFV Pinterest Recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/341358846730703136/
Pair With: a slightly sweet Sparkling Wine

Turkey
PFV Pinterest Recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/341358846727320669/ 
Pair With: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, or Parrish Family Vineyard 2012 Zinfandel

Some Things with Bacon
PFV Pinterest Recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/341358846727320712/
Pair With: Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir


May your Thanksgiving be full of love, joy, and gratitude! 

Share in the season’s joy with us:
http://www.parrishfamilyvineyard.com

PFV Employee Profile: Bree Palsgaard

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Meet our newest member of the team, Bree Palsgaard!  She is our Assistant Tasting Room Manager and has been welcoming, pouring, and sharing great stories with guests since June!  Bree has been a wonderful addition to the family already bringing an established knowledge of wine, especially from her experience from working in the lab and cellar!  Pretty cool!  Not only is she passionate about wine, but she is very easy to talk to, so stop by the tasting room to meet her!  Until then, here’s a little more from Bree…

When you’re not working, what can we find you up to?
When I’m not at work you’d find me at the beach with my dog rusty, writing poetry, hiking the ridge between Avila and Pismo beaches, and playing my guitar.

What is a must stop spot on the Central Coast that you would suggest to a visitor?
A must stop would have to be Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur for its gorgeous purple sands and breathtaking sites or Jalama Beach near Santa Barbara for it’s shore break surf, & delicious cheeseburgers.

What TV marathon would be a must watch for you?
I cannot say I just watch 1 marathon on TV.  So, if I had to pick just 3.  LOL.  I’d have to chose The Walking Dead and Orange is the New Black & Scandal.

Which band would you have to see regardless of the ticket prices?
Doesn’t matter how much tickets would cost I love The Black Keys!

We know that you have artistic talent…what is something you’re currently working on? 
My currents projects are wine cork jewelry and antiquing my dining room table & chairs.

What is your favorite season and why?
Favorite season is absolutely Fall, due to it being harvest and amazing smells in the air. (she loves the smells of wine being made!)

Who do you admire?
Greatest inspiration is my family for instilling in me a great work ethic and determination towards my continued education of succeeding all my goals.

Lastly, if you were a wine, what would you be and why?
I’d definitely say Sauv Blanc, light fruity crispness is much like my personality.

 

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