Monday, January 23, 2012

1/23-Michael Horn talks to Debbie Thomas & Lorenzo Mottola & Elton Sloan

Debbie Thomas - Thomas Hill Farms
Joe & Debbie Thomas, owners of Thomas Hill Organics have captured a lifestyle experience by uniting quality with experience. Their story begins at a wine festival in Santa Inez where they first met and discovered they both had the same interest; a love of fine food and wine. Joe was a fine art teacher at Santa Clara University and Debbie was the Key Account Sales Manager for an athletic accessory company in LA.

Joe developed his interest in farming as a child from his Grandfather; who had numerous fruit trees on his property. His love of "fresh" unprocessed foods came from his Mother. He was never allowed to eat fast food and nothing was prepared out of a can or put in the microwave. “I was raised the complete opposite, but quickly learned to appreciate fresh-healthy fine food after dating Joe.”

“Three years ago we moved to Paso Robles to start our organic farm. I continued to work for Adidas and he planted, and planted, and planted. Ha! We started our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program a year and a half ago and it has grown significantly through word-of-mouth.”

Producers of: Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, Col Solare, Northstar, Spring Valley Vineyard, Domaine Ste. Michelle, Red Diamond, Snoqualmie,14 Hands, Distant Bay.
Stag's Leap Wine Cellar, Hawk Crest, Conn Creek, Villa Mt. Eden.
Importers of Antinori ( Tuscany, Umbria), La Braccesca ( Tuscany), Tormaresca ( Puglia), Haras de Pirque (Maipo Valley, Chile), Antica Napa Valley ( California), Villa Maria (New Zealand), Nicolas Feuillatte ( Champagne)- Since 1934

Elton Sloan - Genreal Manager, Robert Craig Winery
Our GM & Winery Partner Elton Slone also directs National Sales & Marketing, including sales planning, key account development, and marketing  communications. Elton joined the winery in 2004 with more than 12 years of sales management experience on both the winery and distributor side. In 2007, he was made a partner in the winery.

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