by Barbara Barr, Cima Collina Team Member
‘Tis the season – a time for family celebrations and giving thanks, visions of sugarplums and lighting candles, singing carols and breaking bread, of course all accompanied by a good glass of wine.
This is also a season of transitions in the wine business. The many wine families of Monterey County celebrate this time of year. The harvest is over and now we wait for the winemakers’ magic to turn juice into the delicious elixir that helps us mark our own celebrations and transitions. I have had the great privilege to work these past 8 years with a wonderful group of people who have welcomed me into their wine family. Cima Collina is a very special kind of wine family; they believe that it takes every member, both big and small, to craft an artisan wine. They embrace one and all in this beautiful partnership that is Cima Collina Winery and it is reflected in the excellence of the wine we make.
At the end of this year I am making my own transition to warmer climates and new adventures. I want to thank every member of this endearing family that is Cima Collina, as I have learned much in my tenure here. Mr. Lumpkin taught me a business could also be a family and a passion. Annette reinforced the lesson that a business should never be static, push back at boundaries and take small, but skillful leaps of faith with every new creation. I learned from Shawn that a job should always be fun. Amy, Michele, Heather, Kristin and Sarah have taught me that change is both possible and rewarding. Finally, the boys, Jeff, Chuck, Glenn and Francisco are proof positive that life is never a dull moment.
This has truly been the best job I’ve ever had and as I get ready to travel down new roads, the sadness I feel about leaving this family, is tempered by the realization that the journey, like the transition from grape to wine, has the possibility of being exceptional. So raise your glasses to families, passion, courage, fun and transitions. Aloha Ohana. A hui hou kahou.
About Barbara (with daughter Brittani in image)
Barbara has worked at Cima Collina Winery for the past 8 years in wholesale, accounting and hospitality. She will be missed by the Cima Team and customers – and most certainly will enjoy a glass of Cima Collina wine from time to time throughout her new journey. Wishing you the best Barbara!