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Ep 93: Wine Industry Persons of the Year

February 1, 2024

Where Wine Takes You – Episode Highlights

In this special episode of Where Wine Takes You with Adam Montiel, we’re thrilled to honor Monica and Alex Villicana, the esteemed recipients of the Wine Industry Persons of the Year award. As the owners of Villicana Winery and Re:Find Distillery, Monica and Alex’s journey embodies the true essence of passion and commitment. From their humble beginnings driving from the Los Angeles area to Paso Robles every weekend in the mid-90s to their pivotal decision in the early 2000s to make Paso Robles their permanent home, they’ve become trailblazers in the industry. Their determination, authenticity, and pioneering spirit have left an indelible mark on the Paso Robles wine scene, inspiring countless others along the way.

Joining us in this celebration is Stacie Jacob from Solterra Strategies, who offers insights into the growth of the Villicanas and the Paso Robles region as a whole through Travel Paso. Additionally, we spotlight Michelle Barrera of At Her Table, a festival dedicated to celebrating women in the food, beverage, and lodging industry on the Central Coast. Michelle’s dedication to promoting diversity, equality, and inclusivity within the community shines through in her impactful events and initiatives.

As we raise a glass to Monica and Alex Villicana, Stacie Jacob, and Michelle Barrera, we’re reminded of the power of passion, community, and celebration within the world of wine and culinary arts. Cheers to their continued success and contributions!

Thank you for joining us on this inspiring journey. Be sure to subscribe for more uplifting stories from the world of wine and beyond. Stay tuned and follow us on social media for updates and exclusive content. Until next time, keep exploring where wine takes you!

🎟️ Paso Wine Fest Tickets Now Available!

Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in the Paso Wine Fest on Saturday, May 18, at the Paso Robles Event Center. With over 100 wineries and delectable food offerings, this event grows each year. Local residents can grab tickets for just $99 through February 29. Get more details and secure your spot at this extraordinary celebration of Paso wine.

🥂 Join us on this remarkable journey in the world of wine, where every sip tells a story and every guest brings a unique perspective. Cheers to where wine takes you! 🍷 #WhereWineTakesYou #PasoWineFest 

Where Wine Takes You is executive produced by Paso Wine.

Get the new Paso Wine App in your smartphone’s app store. It’s free, there are zero ‘in-app’ purchases or upsells, and it’s a great resource before you make your next trip out. Let’s say you want a pet-friendly place that’s got live music and is open on Thursdays, the app can narrow down and filter anything you need. 

For the latest in Paso Robles Wine Country, check out PasoWine.com and follow them on Instagram @PasoWine. You can also check out Travel Paso HERE, and at TravelPaso.com

WWTY is recorded, edited, produced, and hosted by Adam Montiel. Follow Adam on Instagram @AdamOnTheAir.

Original music on WWTY, “Good Company”, performed by Moonshiner Collective.

You can listen to Adam’s new daily topical podcast called Up+Adam with Adam Montiel wherever you hear WWTY, check it out HERE and learn more at AdamMontiel.com


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