As we head into our 3rd 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.
One of my favorite times of the year is the lead up to our new releases. Jamey pulls a few shiners from the winery and we all sit down as a team to taste through all the wines and write the tasting notes together. We're often asked about how the tasting notes come about and, as with all aspects of our business, the staff is part of every step. Each brings her own talents and strengths to make Whetstone who we are:
Addie started with Whetstone in the beginning of 2011 and saw us through the renovation of the chateau. Addie is my right-hand woman at the office and on business outings. She's always willing to pull up her boot straps 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.
Addie met Lauren at one of her yoga classes in early 2014. 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 my go to girl when we need to get analytical. Plus, she has an intuitive spirit and contagious warmth about her that captivates guests. At the beginning of 2015 we quickly realized that we needed to add another person to the team.
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 infographics (like the ones above) Alli is the one to thank. She also runs our event program and makes every guest feel right at home. Her smile and laugh are contagious. I can't even write this without a smile on my face!
Needless to say, I am proud and excited as we head into Spring. Smiles, charm, and wine await you here at the Chateau, so come visit or give us a call soon!
In the midst of what seems to be an Indian summer, we hope you’re embracing the warmth of the sunshine alongside the stunning colors of fall as we transition into the holiday season. With leaves and acorns covering the grounds here at the Chateau, Michelle and I are feeling so very thankful to have gotten to know many of you through stories shared over wine in the tasting salon. The perks of having such a beautiful and relaxing space to host new and old friends alike have left us humbled and grateful these past two years. Not that hosting tastings roadside from the back of my ’94 Chevy pickup didn’t have its charm, but the Chateau has provided us with the space to build community as we’ve always envisioned.
This year in particular has given us fresh perspective on the importance of our daily involvement with all of you. If you crack that bottle of Whetstone with family and friends while telling the story of having met one of us, then we nailed it; because our community has joined yours as you sip and celebrate.
There are only so many ways we can show you how much we truly care about your support! So as we set another log on the fire, Michelle and I are raising a glass to you and your family this holiday season!
Cheers and many thanks for your continued support!
-Jamey and Michelle Whetstone
Any time the words food and Arizona find themselves in the same sentence near Jamey Whetstone, you’re bound to hear the name Mark Tarbell pop out of his mouth. The respect Jamey has for Tarbell is apparent in his next few remarks as he speaks of Mark’s renowned wine list, killer menu, and of course his impact on the Arizona food scene. Jamey remembers watching Mark Tarbell on Food Network’s Iron Chef America in 2007, and thinking “I’ve got to know this guy.” And who wouldn’t want to make friends with a foodie legend. But at the end of the day, Mark is also just a really cool guy. He learned from the ground up, washing dishes and baking bread. Then, the travel bug bit in his teenage years and he couldn’t resist, so he set sail for Europe. Soaking up as much knowledge about food and wine as he could while living in Paris, he worked at La Varenne École de Cuisine and concurrently studied wine at l'Académie du Vin. His life of adventure and love for the culinary world is at the heart of his career. As Jamey says, “I think that when you love what you do, you have a true potential to create something that everyone will love.” And when you have celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Julia Child, and the Dalai Lama calling to book a table at your restaurant, you must be doing something right.
On Wednesday, April 15th there will be a reservation under the name Whetstone at Mark Tarbell’s eponymous restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona. From 4:00pm to close, Tarbell’s will be offering a special pairing of Whetstone wines and Mark’s cuisine in addition to their regular menu. Jamey’s first stop will be to Tarbell’s The Wine Store for a tasting and bottle signing of Whetstone wines from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Give The Wine Store a shout at 602.955.7730 for more details. Following the bottle signing, Jamey will head next door to Tarbell’s restaurant and will be on the floor and table-side for a more intimate discussion of the wine pairings from 6:30pm to close. You can make your reservations by calling Tarbell’s at 602.955.8100. Jamey will be stoked to see you there!