Almost a month into selling wine to the public. Hectic, happy, hilarious - my new chosen life.
Top 3 good things:
1. 99.9% of the people who come in are happy. They have decided to take a moment to try something new.
2. 100% of the people who work with us are fabulous, easy to be with and loving.
3. It is an awe insprining thing to try something very, very new and challenging and exciting and scary. I am trying to see that as "growing".
Reinforcement happens about ten times a day that every person has a story, a gift. People need people. They need to tell their story, their "thing". Being a good listener is hard. Billy Johnson is a great listener. He can listen so well. He makes great eye contact, he leans in, he nods and affirms the story teller. He has a gift. People feel more important around him.
Their was an entire book devoted to working on habits to be more successful. One of these habits to was something to the effect of "seek first to understand, then be understood". Seems like that is listening. I am going to try to do that better!
Whirlwind last seven days. But, Texas Heritage Tasting Room is open! Those days are mostly a blur, however, so that you can have a mental picture, those days include: Septic Tank installed and approved, wine moved in from our winery building, health department approval, water tested and approved, merchandise moved in, labelled and organized, plants planted in planter boxes out front, rack cards received, new employee meeting, point of sale system training, and the list goes on.
A special thanks to our kids who work daily with us; Cody in the vineyard and Jessica in the tasting room. It's a bit frightening to work with a pair of crazy, type A parents, who mostly still treat you like you are ten years old, but they are troopers!
I could expound on the virtues of Marti Perkins, our tasting room lead person, however, there is not enough space for that. Suffice it to say that she is so talented, funny, sweet, creative and we are truly blessed to have her on our team.
Friends are like gifts that seem to keep on giving and we need to mention a few who have given and given and given to Billy and I. Tim and Janie Davis are always saying "yes" and they deserve a Gold Medal! Judy Boone has to be one of the only people in the world who NEVER says "no". Judy's face will be seen in the tasting room on a regular basis. Teresa Welgehausen and Susan Behrends both went out of their way to become TABC certified and help with our first evening festivities. Our son-in-law jason also answers our calls for help on a regular basis. From driving a tractor, to moving junk, to pouring wine - very versatile! Son Cody's girlfriend, Brenna Manzare, also helps in many ways and ALWAYS has a smile!
Our two children who don't work every day with us, but work often with us are Amber Johnson George, who consults with us on lots of things, but is totally in charge of our merchandise and John Parker who has helped in the cellar taking care of our wine in barrel.
My sister, Loine Kauachi, has helped in so many ways. Picture this: she designed our fireplace on the back deck, did the food for the reception, and is getting ready to set up a sales case for her hand-made sterling jewelry. She is super talented and always my "go to" resource for help.
Finally, as a new business, Texas Heritage Vineyard has a pretty steep learning curve. That curve has been straightened out a lot with help from my BFF KK Welch, owner of Majesty Tours. She and sister Kelly, have trusted us with wine tour groups on our opening weekend. That's a lot of trust! Thanks Majesty!
Come see us! Its a fun place to be: 3245 E US Hwy 290, Fredericksburg. Hours are 11-6 from Thursday to Monday. Sundays 12-6pm.
Check out our coming events. Join our club. We want you and we want to show you our Texas Heritage hospitality.