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Talbott Names Tammie Ward Direct to Consumer Manager

Submitted By: Miriam Pitt, August 12, 2014
Talbott Vineyards Names Tammie Ward Direct to Consumer Manager and Appoints Laura Hastie to Oversee Events and Social Media

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. – August 12, 2014 – Talbott Vineyards is excited to announce that it has appointed industry veteran Tammie Ward as its new direct to consumer manager. In this key role, Ward will be responsible for all facets of Talbott’s direct-to-consumer program, including the Talbott Vineyards Wine Club, direct-to-consumer sales and special consumer and club events. Ward will also oversee Talbott’s Winery Tasting Room at Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, and its Carmel Valley Tasting Room, which was recently named “Best Tasting Room 2014” by Monterey County Weekly, and one of the “Top 25 Most Awesome Tasting Rooms in California” by Talbott Vineyards has also hired Laura Hastie to guide its social media efforts and to direct its newly expanded events calendar, which will include weddings, private parties and corporate events.

Ward is a seasoned wine professional with two decades of sales and marketing experience, including almost a decade at Cloninger Cellars, where she began as the sales and marketing director, and ultimately became general manager and part owner. Following the successful sale of Cloninger to Passagno Winery, Ward spent five years as the western regional sales manager for Riedel Crystal of America, and two years as the western regional sales manager for the Republic of Tea and its River Road Family Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma County.

Hastie, who is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, joins the Talbott Vineyards sales and marketing team after a semester abroad, and several successful internships. These include positions as the marketing and PR intern for Quiksilver Women’s, the marketing intern for O’Neill Clothing, and the PR intern for Beach House Public Relations.

“This is a very exciting time for our direct-to-consumer and event programs,” says Matt Viotto, Talbott’s vice president, sales and marketing. “The addition of Tammie and Laura to our team will allow us to achieve our goal of setting a new standard in Monterey for winery hospitality and wine club engagement. Whether it’s at an event or online, their knowledge, energy and phenomenal attention to detail will ensure that every Talbott experience is as memorable as our wines.”

Talbott Vineyards was established in 1982, when founder Robb Talbott personally planted his mountainous Diamond T Vineyard. Since 1994, the Talbott Vineyards estate program has also included the famed Sleepy Hollow Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Using the exceptional grapes from these two sites, Talbott Vineyards makes an acclaimed portfolio of estate-grown Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. To learn more, visit