What's Cookin' on Wine with Michael Horn


September 2, 201652 min
BRIAN TALLEY - OWNER/WINEGROWER, TALLEY VINEYARDS - CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF WINEMAKING  THIRTY YEARS FOR TALLEY VINEYARDS Celebrating 30 years of winemaking and three generations of family farming history, Talley Vineyards specializes in estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Arroyo Grande Valley in San Luis Obispo Wine Country. The winery’s vision, “to make and share wines that capture the special character of our place,” is a legacy from Talley Farms, a specialty vegetable operation established by the family in 1948. It wasn’t until 1982, with the planting of the Rincon Vineyard, that Talley transitioned into the wine business and produced its first vintage in 1986. As the winemaking program evolved, Talley has increased its single vineyard selections to reflect the unique personalities of each of its vineyard sites. Talley Vineyards also continues to partner with Talley Farms, which is now a leader in the local farm-to-table movement, enjoying enormous success with Fresh Harvest, its CSA program that launched in 2012. The newest collaborative effort launched this summer is the Talley Farms Fresh Harvest Farm Stand, which is open to the public and sits adjacent to the Talley Vineyards tasting room. HISTORY For three generations the Talley family has farmed in Coastal San Luis Obispo County. The tradition began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. During the 1970s extensive planting of wine grapes began in the neighboring Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County areas.  After observation and extensive analysis, Oliver's son, Don Talley, was convinced of the potential to grow high quality chardonnay and pinot noir on the steep hillsides above Talley Farms.  Don planted a small test plot in 1982 on the west hillside of the Rincon Vineyard that included chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon. Over time the varietal and clonal selections were refined and planting expanded to a total of 190 acres in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys. Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases. The winery's first five vintages were produced in a small winery adjacent to one of Talley Farms’ vegetable coolers. In the fall of 1991, a winery was completed at the foot of the Rincon Vineyard. A 12,000 square foot barrel and case goods storage building was added in 2000, followed by a new tasting room in 2002. Talley Vineyards currently produces about 36,000 cases annually.  Brian and Johnine Talley own and operate Talley Vineyards, while Brian, Todd, Ryan and Rosemary Talley manage Talley Farms. ABOUT BRIAN TALLEY, OWNER/WINEGROWER Brian Talley is a third generation farmer born and raised in Arroyo Grande.  While attending UC Berkeley, where he earned degrees in History and Natural Resource Economics, he worked in a wine shop called Curds and Whey where he fell in love with wine. Brian began his career in the family business at age 12 when he started harvesting vegetables at Talley Farms.  He became General Manager of Talley Vineyards in 1991 and now serves as President of Talley Vineyards and Talley Farms.  Brian is recognized as a leader in the local wine industry and was cofounder of the World of Pinot Noir, has served as President of the San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association and been recognized by both Robert Parker and the local wine industry as a Wine Industry Person of the Year. Brian loves cooking, wine and travel as well as running, cycling and golf.  He lives at the edge of Talley Farms with his wife Johnine and daughters Elizabeth and Olivia. WWW.TALLEYVINEYARDS.COM WWW.TALLEYFARMSFRESHHARVEST.COM WWW.LASVENTANASRANCH.COM TONY LOMBARDI – FOUNDER, LOMBARDI WINES ABOUT LOMBARDI Lombardi Wines crafts small lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Coast. Founded in 2013, Lombardi Wines honors a rich family history of w


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