OUR DREAM TEAM
a few words from Michelle Whetstone
As we head into our 5th year here at the chateau, I am so grateful for and proud of what we have going on a daily basis at Whetstone. You've likely had the opportunity to meet at least one of the wonderful women who work with us and take care of you whether in the tasting salon, from your inbox, or on the phone.
It’s been said ‘it takes a village,’ but I disagree. It takes a few thoughtful, creative, and smart people who are passionate about their work and life and proud to be a part of something great. Our staff not only honors what Jamey and I have created, they make it better. Each brings her own talents and strengths to make Whetstone who we are. And then there's Ace, our 110 pound lab, who (as many of you would agree) brings his extra special charm!
Addie started with Whetstone in the beginning of 2011 and saw us through the renovation of the chateau. Addie is the right-hand woman at the office and on business outings. She's always willing to pull up her bootstraps with a smile and words of encouragement. She continues to run all things hospitality and raises the bar every day to ensure that when you stop into Whetstone it is one, if not THE, highlight of your trip.
Lauren met Addie in early 2014 at yoga class and once you've met Lauren, you'll understand why Addie snatched her. With her whimsical style and sensibility, there was no hesitation about bringing Lauren on board. She is the go to girl when we need to get analytical. Plus, she has an intuitive spirit and contagious warmth about her that captivates guests. Though she relocated at the beginning of 2017, she continues to support us from her wine barrel house in Sebastopol.
Alli is all things creative and design. What a pleasure it is to have a marketing talent to work with every day. If you enjoy any of our invitations, newsletters, or product info graphics, Alli is the one to thank. She also runs our event program and makes every guest feel right at home. Her warm smile and laugh are contagious.
Jess is the latest and greatest addition to the Whetstone team. She comes from Ohio with great wine knowledge and experience and a mid-West sensibility. When she is not sharing her enthusiasm for wine with our guests at Whetstone you may find her teaching wine classes at Napa Valley Wine Academy or running a marathon. The rest of us are just trying to keep up!
Ace is always working the crowd at Whetstone! Upon arrival he will greet you at your car with a bark and a tail wag. You will then be escorted up the walkway to the chateau for check in and finally shown to your table. When Ace is not on the job, he is hanging with is big brother, Watson Whetstone (11 years old).