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On-the-road-again

Foxen is road tripping this weekend! Dick and Jenny are headed to San Diego for their back to back wine dinners at The Wine Vault and Bistro, while Billy and Becky are in McMinnville, Oregon for the IPNC conference. We hope you get to see them on their travels or come visit us at the home base for wine tasting and good conversation. Cheers!

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Santa Barbara: The Thrill of Discovery by Antonio Galloni

We received our latest reviews from Antonio Galloni and we are beside ourselves. He has once again not only given us great scores, but he has complimented us in a way that goes above and beyond expectations. Thanks to Mr. Galloni and the crew at Vinous!

This lineup from Foxen is easily among the most impressive I have tasted this year. The wines move from strength to strength, always with exceptional purity, tons of transparency to site and impeccable class. The only problem here is one of mind-boggling choice, as the range is full of highlights. Simply put, I can’t recommend these wines highly enough.” -Antonio Galloni, July 2014

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2013 Chenin Blanc Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard – 90 points
The 2013 Chenin Blanc Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Old Vines is soft, supple and accessible. Pear, melon, almonds, and spices inform the expressive, silky finish. This is an impeccable white from Foxen to drink now and over the next few years.

2013 Chardonnay Block UU – Bien Nacido Vineyard – 91-93 points
The 2013 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block UU is gorgeous and also remarkably different from the Tinaquaic. Honey, orange blossom, mint, sage and tropical overtones meld together in an overt, opulent Chardonnay built on pure texture.

2013 Chardonnay Tinaquaic Vineyard – 91-93 points
Sweet lemon peel and floral notes emerge from the 2013 Chardonnay Tinaquaic Vineyard. This bright, impeccably textured Santa Maria Chardonnay is built on silkiness, energy and texture. There is a lot to look forward to. The partial malo style and the choice to not stir the lees yields a beautifully focused Chardonnay.

2012 Pinot Noir Block 8 – Bien Nacido Vineyard – 92 points
The 2012 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8, from one of the highest and steepest parcels on this site, is beautifully perfumed, vibrant and expressive. Graphite, violets, blueberries and mint are all laced together in a supple, lifted Pinot loaded with class and personality.

2012 Pinot Noir Block 43 – Bien Nacido Vineyard – 91 points
Foxen’s 2012 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 43 is a bit bigger and richer than the Block 8, with more density and mid-palate, but less in the way of aromatic complexity. Crushed flowers, spices, red berries and mint are all laced together on the supple finish.

2012 Pinot Noir Julia’s Vineyard – 91 points
Rose petals, sweet red berries, mint and cinnamon are woven together nicely in the 2012 Pinot Noir Julia’s Vineyard. The Pommard clone planted here yields a supple, resonant Pinot built on fruit, mid-palate texture and approachability.

2012 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard – 92 points
The 2012 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard is one of the more intense, explosive wines in the Foxen range. Dark red and black stone fruits, cloves, menthol, tar and licorice blossom as this large-scaled, voluptuous Pinot shows off its personality. The finish is rich, broad and creamy.

2012 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard – 91 points
The 2012 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard stands out for its floral, lifted personality. This is the only Pinot in the Foxen range made with whole clusters, which marks the wine to a significant degree. Sage, tobacco, tea leaves, lavender and dried rose petals are some of the many notes that inform the pointed, vibrant finish.

2012 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard – 94 points
The 2012 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard is one of the clear standouts among this year’s Pinot releases from Foxen. A crystalline, weightless wine, the 2012 impresses for its pure nuance and vibrancy. Layers of dark red and blue fruit, wild flowers and cinnamon wrap around the silky, expressive finish. Sadly, there are just 125 cases to go around. Readers who can find the 2012 should not hesitate, as it is superb.

2012 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard – 94 points
The 2012 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard is another of the many highlights in this range. Here the flavors are dark, smoky and gamy. Dark red cherry, plum, tobacco and cured meats flesh out in a resonant, highly expressive Pinot endowed with notable depth, especially within the context of the vintage. Hints of dried rose petal and violets linger on the finish. From start to finish, the Encantada is superb.

2012 Cuvée Jeanne Marie Williamson-Doré Vineyard – 93 points
The Grenache-based 2012 Cuvée Jeanne Marie Williamson-Doré Vineyard is floral, lifted and very pretty. Bright red berries meld into perfumed notes in a forward, fruit-driven wine to drink in its youth, while the flavors remain alive and expressive. This is yet another superb, polished wine from Foxen. The blend is 83% Grenache and 17% Mourvedre.

2012 Syrah Williamson-Doré Vineyard – 93 points
Deeply spiced, layered, violets, menthol and blueberry jam meld together in the 2012 Syrah Williamson-Doré Vineyard. Pliant, expressive and beautifully layered, the 2012 stands out for its sheer balance. In 2012, the Syrah Williamson-Doré is flat-out delicious.

2012 Syrah Tinaquaic Vineyard – 95 points
Foxen’s 2012 Syrah Tinaquaic Vineyard Estate is laced with rose petal, white flowers, mint, blood orange and spices. The Tinaquaic boasts gorgeous aromatics, finely-sculpted fruit and exceptional overall balance, all in a mid-weight, gracious style. Today, the 2012 is simply irresistible. The Tinaquaic Syrah isn’t huge, rather it is a wine built on total harmony.

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Vogelzang Vineyard – 92 points
Sandalwood, cedar, mint, tobacco, sage and sweet plums are all laced together in the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Vogelzang Vineyard. This is a typical and highly representative Happy Canyon Cabernet with just a bit less richness than is typically the case, most of that the result of the cold year. Today, the 2011 is drop-dead gorgeous. It will drink well for another 5-7 years, although I don’t expect it to materially improve. No matter, though, the 2011 Vogelzang is beautiful and expressive right now.

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Grassini Family Vineyard – 91 points
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Grassini Family Vineyard is a bigger, richer, more explosive wine than the Vogelzang Cabernet, but it also lacks that wine’s aromatic complexity and overall finesse. Hints of chocolate, red plum and spice flesh out on the expressive finish. There is a wonderful sense of immediacy here, though. I expect the 2011 will continue to drink beautifully for another 5-7 years.

 

 

Time to exercise your mind muscles!

WTF-Friday-Poster

We are starting a weekly social media quiz! A correct answer will win you a WTF and Foxen sticker along with some Anchor tattoos (and potentially much more). We will fill you in on more details every Friday morning when we post the question. Stay tuned!

Meet the Foxens! The one and only!

We have a very special Foxen staff member for you all to meet this week. We had to bring Billy in to interpret for us.

Thanks for joining us this week. What’s your name?photo
Officially it’s Opal, but I go by PoPo. David sometimes calls me Popes as well.

What is your position at Foxen?
Lead Cellar Mouser.

How long have you been with us at Foxen?
For almost three years now! Time flies.

What is your favorite Foxen wine?
I’m not much of a wine drinker, but I do love the Pinot Noir barrels!

What do you love most about wine?
If the wine wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be here. So what’s not to love about wine!?

What’s your favorite food and wine pairing?
CHEESE!!!

What is your favorite local and non-local restaurant?
Best local restaurant: The Warehouse on weekends. Non-local: The Vet’s Office.

What grape varietal best represents your personality?1978616_605684889508641_1839329075_n
Pinot Noir, because it can be so fickle and shy.

What do you love most about living in Santa Barbara County?
There are lots of birds and lizards. They keep me busy and happy.

Where are some places you’ve lived other than the Central Coast?
I was born in Arroyo Seco up in Monterrey County.

If you could live in any wine growing region in the world, where would you choose and why?
I would love a cellar mouser job in Burgundy. I here the mice livers are really tasty there!

What is your favorite pastime?
Climbing barrels and pallets of wine.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Billy and David.

Give us one fun fact about you that no one else knows about you.
I have a favorite corner in the barrel room. If you can’t find me that’s likely where I’ll be.604055_10151126135446260_84297167_n

Outside of wine, what is your greatest passion?
Ornithology. Can’t get enough of those beautiful birds!

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
I would love to fly, so I could be on even terms with the finches.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?
I love ALL my fellow staff here at Foxen!

Aw, we love you too PoPo. Wouldn’t be the same without you here!

The next time you come out to our FOXEN tasting room hopefully you’ll get a glance of our beautiful lady Opal! If you miss her at the winery she is featured in the new edition of Wine Cats! Cheers friends!

Meet the Foxens! It’s a cool dude this week.

Hello, hello everyone. Going to change it up this week, we’ve seen far too many Foxen ladies on this blog. This week we bring you Jon!

Hi Jon.
Hey how’s it going?

So we have two John/Jon’s on staff how can we tell who we’re talking about?7763_668204509889257_1026689015_n
Everyone calls me Little Jon or Little J. Can’t complain too much.

What is your position at Foxen?
I’m a Tasting Room Associate, just got bumped up to Full Time not too long ago.

That’s awesome! How long have you been at Foxen?
Almost a year now, pretty excited about that.

What is your favorite Foxen wine?
Easily the Tinaquaic Cabernet Franc. It’s not a hard wine to love.

What do you love most about wine?
I love how wine is forever changing. Whether it’s in the bottle or the different ways people go about making wine, it never remains the same.

What is your all time favorite food and wine pairing?
I had a 2011 Foxen Chenin blanc paired with a Cajun jambalaya. The acidity and crispness of the Chenin Blanc with the spiciness of the jambalaya. Mind-blowing.
Dang, you’re making me hungry!

What is your favorite local and non-local restaurant?
Locally I’m a huge fan of Rancho Nipomo. Unheard of to anyone except locals but the food is insanely good! My non-local favorite would be Alize at the top of the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Some of the best French food I’ve ever tasted.

What grape varietal best represents your personality?
Pinot Noir
Why is that?
I like to think it represents my personality because like Pinot you can make anything from a light crisp white to a heavy bold red. Like me where I’m full ranged. I can be anywhere from laid back and relaxed to outgoing and crazy.

What do you love most about living in Santa Barbara County? photo-3
The weather. I get to live where people vacation.

Where are some places that you have lived other than the Central Coast?
Sin City! It’s the only other place other than Santa Maria that I’ve lived. I do miss Vegas.

If you could live in any wine growing region in the world, where would you choose?
I’m already living here. Santa Barbara County.
Why SB?
Nothing beats 300 days of sun and beautiful beach weather. Wouldn’t trade it for anything.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
Sports. I’ve played baseball, basketball, wrestling, and football. Still play till this day. I eat, breathe, and sleep sports.

Do you have any Pets? What’s their name? photo 2
Bubba. My little Shih-Tzu.

Give us one fun fact about you that no one else knows about you.
I have a need for speed. I used to do wheelies on the freeway and street race when I was younger. Topped out at 170 MPH on my bike. Nothing like a little adrenaline to get your blood pumping!
Yeesh, that sounds intense!

Outside of wine, what is your greatest passion?
Being a dad. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my little 1 year old grow up. His name is Mason and he is the coolest little kid on the planet. Being a dad is the greatest job I’ve ever had. It doesn’t pay well but the benefits make it all worth it.

If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
To be able to read people’s minds so I never have to guess about what’s going on in someone’s head!!

Thanks so much for your time Jon!
My pleasure, glad I could do this.

That’s all for this week. The next time you come visit us at Foxen you’ll have all kinds of fun things to talk to Jon about. Cheers friends and we’ll have another staff member interview next week. Cheers!

Meet the Foxens! She’s our special lady!

This week we have someone very special, as well as someone you all know and love already. The one and only Moselle!

Hi MoMo!
What’s cracking!?
I hear you have a special nickname you want to share with us today.1078190_190904631076127_199039130_n
Oh I Mowezzy 4 Sheezy!
Excellent!

What do you do here at Foxen?
I am the Wine Club Ambassador and I rock the tasting rooms as well.

How long have you been with us?
Eleven years…and then some.

That is impressive! In all those years have you chosen a favorite Foxen wine?
Julia’s Pinot Noir. She my sexy lady!

What do you love most about wine?
It’s ability to tell a story. Wine encompasses chemistry, geography, history and art. It’s amazing how winemakers can make such different wines from some of the same grapes. It’s their canvas.

Mo, you are definitely our resident foodie. Do you have a favorite food and wine pairing?
I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I love Strawberry Shortcake with Foxen’s Late Harvest Viognier.
Good thing summer is almost here. That sounds lovely!

What are your favorite local and non-local restaurants?
Oh, Ballard Inn for sure as my favorite local restaurant. I love Farallon in San Fransisco too.

What grape varietal best represents your personality and why?
Pinot Noir. Not only is it my favorite grape varietal, it’s the diva of all grapes! It can exude everything from funkadelic to delicacy and finesse. It thrives in only the most particular places in the world and only the most skilled winemakers and farmers can master it!1061348_186655811501009_1593788243_o
Could not have said that better myself!

What do you love most about living in Santa Barbara County?
The farm to table, fresh, local food and all of the award winning wines!

Where are some places you’ve lived besides the Central Coast?
Marin County. Another Pinot wine growing region, I was so close to Russian River!

If you could choose to live in any wine growing region in the world, where would you choose and why?
I’d go right back up to Russian River, specifically Headlesberg. It’s so beautiful up there, and Pinot…need I say more?

Outside of wine, what is your biggest passion?
Jewelry! If I could pick a different job I would be an AJP, Accredited Jewelry Professional.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
Hehehe, Cooking! And I watch Jewelry Television.

Do you have any pets?1237810_205943649572225_623410093_o
Oh yeah! Jasper aka Varmitzka the Rodent Hit Woman!
What breed is she?
She’s my Pitt. I love her!

Give us one fun fact about you that no one else knows about you.
I’m a performer! In middle schoold I was in a lot of plays, my favorite rolls were Ursula in the Little Mermaid, and Baloo the Bear in the Jungle Book. I was in the Central Coast Drill Team in high school. We performed in the Rose Parade in Pasadena. I was a Soul Train dancer in College!

Last question, if you could have any super power what would it be and why?
To see the future for one week. That’s all I’d need to hit the Powerball!

Haha, as always, thanks for being you MoMo. You’re awesome!
Anything for you!

Next time you come visit us make sure you say hi to Mo and tell her how beautiful she is with all of her jewelry! We’ll have another Foxen staff profile next week for you! Cheers friends!

3rd Annual “Two Pillars of Pinot” 2015 Wine Cruise

Dick and Jenny are very proud and excited to announce the wine cruise that they will be hosting with Martinelli Vineyards & Winery.

This Oceania cruise will travel from Barcelona to Lisbon June 28th through July 7th, 2015. Ports of call include: Barcelona, Marseille, Livorno, St. Tropez, Valencia, Almeria, Cadiz, Portimao, and Lisbon. It will be the ultimate Mediterranean get away!

Your ticket aboard includes private parties, special tastings, and winemaker dinners. You will feast on gourmet cuisine created by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Papin.

To book your stateroom please call 800.367.5348 or visit the Food and Wine Trails website here.

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Meet the Foxens! Classy lady #2

Hello again everyone! Hope you are warm or enjoying the winter weather where ever you are! We quite frankly are enjoying all this much needed rain!!! This week we have a rock solid employee interview for your enjoyment. This week it’s Cecelia!

Hi CeCe! So glad I’m finally getting to highlight you.
Oh, thank you.CeCe2

What do you do here at Foxen?
I work full time in the Tasting Room and I’ve been here for about 1 1/2 years.

You definitely are a staple holding us together. In your time at Foxen have you picked out any favorite wines?
Well, I love our Julia’s Pinot Noir, and the Tinaquaic Cab Franc can’t be beat. Both are just so good.

What is it that you love most about wine?
I love sharing wine with friends, and how pairing the right wine with the right food can be like magic!

Speaking of food and pairings, do you have an all time favorite?
I had these Lamb Lollipops paired with our Tinaquaic Syrah. That one really stands out in my mind!
THAT is an interesting food pairing!
Yeah, haha, it was a lot of fun.

Do you have a favorite restaurant in the area that you love to frequent?
Trattoria Ulliveto in Old Orcutt is my favorite local restaurant. I always order the Pumpkin Ravioli in butter sage cream sauce.
Do you have a favorite restaurant that isn’t local?
The Lido in Dolphin Bay up in Shell Beach is great. I love it.

If you could pick a grape varietal that best represents your personality, what would it be and why?CeCe1
Sangiovese because its bold and spicy!
That’s awesome Ce.

What do you love most about living and being in Santa Barbara County?
Well, it’s my home. I was raised here, my family and friends are here. I just love it!

Where else have you lived besides the Central Coast?
I’m a California girl. I’ve lived in Los Angeles and Fresno.

If you could live in any wine growing region where would you choose and why?
Tuscany, for sure. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.
You’ve been to Tuscany?! Now I’m jealous!

Outside of wine, what is your greatest passion?
My husband.
CeCe, you’re so sweet!

Do you have any hobbies or a favorite pastime at the moment?
My husband, John, is trying to teach me golf. I’m having a lot of fun with it, and it gives us another opportunity to hang out with each other.

Do you and John have any pets together?CeCe3
Sadly, no. But I do love Jack the Shack Cat. He’s a character and is so much fun to hang out with.

Here’s a fun question, do you have a fun fact for us that no one else knows about you?
Mmmm, I guess it’s safe to say that I’m addicted to watching “The Real Housewives: Beverley Hills.”

Final question, if you could have any super power, what would it be?
I’d really love to be able to fly around like Superman. Who wouldn’t love that?

Too true! Thank you so much for your time this week CeCe.
My pleasure.

Next time you come visit us check in at the Shack to see CeCe with Jack and maybe even catch up on last weeks episode of the Real Housewives! We’ll be back next week with a new staff profile! Cheers friends!

Meet the Foxens! It’s time for Victoria!

Hello friends and family. We’ve got another Foxen staff profile for you this week, and it’s an employee that most of you will recognize, Victoria!

Hi Vic, thanks for joining us this week.
Oh, that’s my pleasure.

What do you do here at Foxen and how long have you been with us?5209_1035435464200_2268076_n
I am a tasting room associate and I am happy to say that I’ve been at Foxen for 4 1/2 years!
Oh, so you were here before the new tasting room was built!
Yes indeed.

Could you tell us what your favorite Foxen wine is?
My favorite red would have to be Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, and my favorite white is the Vogelzang Sauvignon Blanc. Very yummy!

Do you have a favorite food pairing for either of those wines?
I really love to have Crab Eggs Benedict with the Sauv Blanc. It’s a delicious brunch treat!

Do you have a favorite local restaurant that you frequent?
I really enjoy the Sea Venture in Pismo Beach.

What type of wine best represents your personality?
California sparkling bubbles!
Why is that?
I think I have a very bubbly and bright personality.

You are our only employee who lives outside of Santa Barbara County. Where are you at and why do you love living there?
I currently live in Nipomo, up in SLO County. I love being up there because its young, has a lot going on, and there is a great wine region up there too.
Must be nice having the balance of both SBC and SLO County.
I do love it, it’s pretty happening up there.

Where are some places you’ve lived besides the Central Coast?
I lived in Central Oregon and the Willamatte Valley.

If you could choose any wine growing region in the world where would you choose?
Right here! I love being in California! It’s so beautiful and the climate can’t be beat.

What is your favorite pastime?
I really enjoy a good book and great music.Halloween 2011 005

All of our staff members featured so far have pets. Do you?
Sadly, no, but I do greatly enjoy our winery cats PoPo and Jack who lives down at the Shack.
We all love those cats for sure!

Outside of wine, what would you say your greatest passion is?
Definitely food, people, and music.

Alright, last question. Can you give us some fun facts about yourself that no one else knows?
Oh sure! I love to sing, I don’t care if it’s good or bad. It always puts me in a good mood. I also love collecting Cracker Jack prizes! I’ve got a few goodies for sure.

That was great! Thank you so much for sharing with us this week Vic.
It was my pleasure!

Next time you stop in the Tasting Rooms be sure to say hi to Victoria and ask her about her favorite Cracker Jack prizes. Cheers friends and we’ll see you next week with another staff highlight!

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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