Meet the Foxens!
Round two! In this corner we have the big boss man himself, John Tevis, aka JT!
What is your official title at Foxen?
I am the Tasting Room and Wine Club Manager.
How long have you been with us?
Coming up on 2 years!
Can you tell us what your favorite Foxen wine is?
This is a loaded question, but my favorites are the Tinaquaic Cab Franc, Range 30 West, Fe Ciega and La Encantada Pinots.
What do you love most about wine?
That it’s a living and ever changing liquid, and the way that it affects all senses and blends with food, setting, and mood to create a unique experience each time.
What is your all time favorite food and wine pairing?
2011 Range 30 West with T-Bone Truffle Sliders from SY Kitchen.
What is your favorite local and non-local restaurants?
Industrial Eats in Buellton is blowing up right now! Favorite non-local restaurants are Redd Wood in Yountville and Russian River Brewery. They have the best pizza ever!
What grape varietal best represents your personality?
Why is that?
It’s full-bodied and VERY complex with patience, drive, and force. Not shy.
What do you love most about living in Santa Barbara County?
The farming community. People here are so down to earth and the proximity to the ocean and mountains.
Where are some places you’ve lived besides the Central Coast?
Hawaii and San Diego
If you could live in any wine growing region in the world to live, where would you choose?
I’m already there! I pick Santa Barbara County! I love its location, diversity, uniqueness, and personality.
What are your favorite pastimes or hobbies?
Brewing, surfing, snowboarding, playing music, camping, and fishing.
Give us a fun fact that no one else knows about you.
I’ve got two for you! I used to be a personal trainer and I studied Marine Biology in college.
Outside of wine, what is your greatest passion?
Beer. I’ve been brewing for several years and it is easily my life passion.
One last fun question for you. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
Spider senses. I want to depict every phenol in wine, beer, and food. I basically want to be the world’s best taster.
That’s awesome! Thank you so much for your time JT and letting all of us learn something new about you. The next time you stop by Foxen make sure you say hi to Johnnie and pick his brain about Beer and Wine. He knows his stuff!