Meet the Foxens!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We have another Foxen staff interview for your reading pleasure. This week we have a behind the scenes staff member for you! The one and only Kielly!

Hi Kielly, thanks for sharing with us this week. We hear that you have quite a few aliases. 15834_292308620510_2340581_n
Hello! I do indeed. I’m sometimes known as Kielly Jo, KiKi, JoJo, Darth Ki, and many others.

What do you do at Foxen?
More like, what don’t I do. My official title is Shipping & Social Media Administrator. I run our web stores, ship wines, photography, graphic design, and marketing. The list goes on, haha.

How long have you been working at Foxen?
I just passed my year anniversary the first week of February. Time flies!

If you can, will you tell us your favorite Foxen wine?
Oh that’s an easy question. I LOVE the Tinaquaic Cab Franc. It’s heaven.

What do you love most about wine?
That I can never know everything about it. I will literally be able to spend the rest of my life growing in the wine industry, and I will never run out of new things to learn. As a nerd, I love that.

168314_10150360873290511_1127733_nWe hear you used to be in the food service industry. What has been your all time favorite food and wine pairing?
Yeesh, that’s a tough question. My partner and I eat a lot of Mexican food, and my favorite varietals are Grenache and Cab Franc. So give me a spicy burrito and one of those wines and I’m a happy camper!

Can you tell us what your favorite local and non-local restaurants are?
My favorite restaurant in the Santa Ynez Valley has to be Industrial Eats or Full of Life Flatbread. Non-local is harder. I lived in Portland so all my favorites are up there. But since I have to choose, I’d say that Lovely’s Fifty Fifty is my favorite restaurant in Portland.

Getting back to wine, which grape varietal would you say best represents your personality?
Haha, here we go…I’ve been told I’m Garnacha (the Spanish Grenache), because I have a BIG personality. Garnacha is a very self assured varietal, you know exactly what you are going to get, which is spiciness, strong tannins, big fruit flavors, full-body, and lots of layers. At the same time I don’t take myself too seriously, we’re both approachable.

What do you love most about living in Santa Barbara County?
I’m relatively new to the area (almost 2 years now), but this place is gorgeous! Lots of yummy food, great outdoor activities, lovely people, and it’s secluded enough to feel safe and homey.

Where are some places you’ve lived other than the Central Coast?16434_320882160510_1210233_n
Bishop, Reno, San Luis Obispo, and Portland, Oregon.

If you could choose any wine growing region in the world to live in, where would you choose and why?
Alsace, France. The wines from that region are rapidly becoming my favorite. I also love the history behind the region. It’s been under both German and French control, so the culture there is incredible.

What is your greatest passion outside of wine?
Besides my family, definitely all things Disney and then Star Wars. Nerd alert!

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
Cooking, baking, Photography, going to Disneyland, thrifting, and doing DIY projects around the house.

1376518_10153316984145511_991923464_nDo you have any pets?
You bet I do! Tigerlily, she’s my Aussie-Queenland mix. We’re best friends for life.

If you can, will you give us one fun fact about yourself that no one else knows about you?
Mmmm…oh I’ve got two for you. I’m naturally blonde, I dye my hair different shades of brunette, and when I eat apples, I eat the whole thing. Core and all.


Last question. If you could have any super power what would you choose and why?

Well there are two that I’ve always wanted. I wish I had a high midichlorian count so I could be a Jedi or I’d really like to have the ability to morph into any animal I desired. Both of those abilities sound like waaaaaay too much fun to me.

Always fun and interesting talking with you. Thanks for letting all of us get to know you better. The next time you’re shopping online or sending an email say hi to Kielly and feel free to make fun of her for eating apples in their entirety.

Cheers friends and we’ll be featuring another employee next week! 

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2 Comments on “Meet the Foxens!

  1. HI Hope to meet you when we pick up wine in March (15th) we love Foxen wines and have been members for years! Love MO in the tasting room also look forward to seeing Jenny Dick and Billy

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