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Kathy West

Meet Kathy. Passions: Food, Wine, People, Places


Meet Kathy. Passions: Food, Wine, People, Places

Kathy, how long have you worked at Beans Creek Winery?

I’ve worked here for almost 12 years. I started on Halloween, about three weeks after the winery opened its doors. At that time, only the owners, Tom and Becky Brown, and their son, Josh Brown, were working at the winery. So other than family, I was really the first employee.

How did you learn about this job?

Becky and I taught together for more than 20 years at North Coffee Elementary School. I told her, years and years ago, that she would have a winery one day, and I would work there. It worked out perfectly. The year I retired, Becky and Tom opened Beans Creek Winery.

What’s your favorite thing about working at the winery?

I love meeting the people who are traveling, talking with them, learning where they’ve been and where they’re going. They want to know about wines, and I want to hear about places they’ve visited. I recommend wines and wine pairings to them, they recommend places to me. It’s just fun.

What’s your favorite wine?

Chardonel. Before I started working here, I knew about Chardonnay, but I wasn’t familiar with Chardonel. I love our Chardonel, and if you haven’t tried it, you need to try it.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the winery?

I’m a cooking person, a foodie. I love to cook and to pair food with wine. I try new recipes, new ideas. It’s just fun to try different combinations and see what goes together and how flavors change.