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Life & Work with Malani Anderson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Malani Anderson.

Hi Malani, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up in a fishing town called Morro Bay, CA where most everyone in my family including myself worked in the seafood industry. I graduated from the fisheries to restaurants and eventually when my husband and I moved with our two young daughters to Paso Robles which was a small cow town back then and there were no fine dining establishments so I found myself applying to a new winery tasting room called Wild Horse. It was one of only 15 or so in the area at that time. I worked there for five years, then I worked for a local distributor before jumping at the chance to join the Turley family when I heard they had purchased one of the oldest winery/vineyards in the area, Pesenti. 20 years later, I still love coming to work everyday.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has been very smooth for me. I’ve had great teachers & mentors. Working in the wine industry tends to be generally low stress compared to other industries such as restaurants. People are appreciative and I find it easy to add a little something extra special to their experience. Everyone I work with is equally passionate and caring. We get along really well.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I manage the Turley Wine Cellars tasting room in Templeton, CA. It’s a bucolic town with vineyards, wineries great restaurants and a small-town feel. Our guests come from Northern & Southern CA and comment on how friendly everyone is and how there is no traffic. Our job is pretty easy in the tasting room. The wines speak for themselves and we get to spend time with our guests in an educational relaxed atmosphere. One of the things that set us apart from others is the age of the vines and our farming practices. I am proud of Turley’s commitment to organic farming and preserving the vineyards planted several generations ago. Our business is also unique in that it still family owned and operated and we have many long-time employees. It says a lot about the Turley family.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I’m probably the exact opposite of a risk taker. I tend to play it safe in all aspects of my life and it has served me well. I still live in the same area where my Mom grew up, I’ve been married (to the same man) for 34 years and worked for the same family for 20 years. I think I’m what they call a “Golden Retriever” very loyal.

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