Wine and Viticulture

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Submission #181

Lead Tasting Room Associate
Full Time
Mitchella Vineyard & Winery
2525 Mitchell Ranch Way, Paso Robles
In the eighties, after consuming a fair amount of White Zinfandel (Twin Hills, Mastantuano, etc), Angela and Darren Mitchell were converted by a bottle of 1987 Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon and their passionate quest for fine red wine began. In 1993, Darren frustrated by the high cost of their new hobby, decided to take a winemaking class taught by local Zinfandel legend, Charles Poalillo, at Cuesta Community College. What began as an attempt to save money, developed into a quest for more knowledge of wine and production, more classes (at UC Davis, Allan Hancock, Aspen School of Wine, Copia, and Cal Poly), investments in equipment and supplies, and finally, the shift back to Darren’s farming roots, a vineyard of their own.

Four years later, in 1997, wanting more control over the quality of grapes, the couple planted the first grapes: 10 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and 10 acres of Syrah on the hilltop overlooking the old adobe farmhouse where Darren grew up. They also decided, if they were going to give the grapes the attention they deserved, they would have to move onto the property. What was supposed to be a temporary two year stint, turned into a nearly nine year adventure that finally come to fruition with the building of the home and tasting room which you see today. Since then, their passionate endeavor has consisted of updating, cultivating and nurturing the vineyard, producing small lots of fine truly-handcrafted wines and enjoying the fruits of their labor with friends, family and customers.
Depends on experience, $15/hr plus commission and tips
As soon as possible
Mitchella is looking for a Lead Associate to become an integral part of our small team. The Lead Associate is responsible for tasting room operations, including providing exceptional customer service, communicating Mitchella's history and brand message, selling wine and memberships in the Wine Club, and maintaining a clean and welcoming environment. Responsibilities include assisting with events on and off-site, display and sale of merchandise, complete inventory and restocking of merchandise as needed, and seasonal decorating. This is an hourly full-time position requiring the ability to work weekends and holidays, as well as flexibility of scheduling to meet business needs.

- Tasting Room experience required.
- Must be able to work in a high-energy environment and maintain order when busy.
- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Professional appearance and demeanor (but not stuffy).
- Strong proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher.
- Ability to accurately operate POS equipment and software (VinNow).
- Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
- Reaching, grasping, bending, twisting, and lifting items up to 45 lbs. is required.
- Must be 21 years of age or older and possess a valid California Driver's License.

Minimum Starting Wage $15 per hour plus wine club signup commissions and tips. Higher starting wage depending on experience. Competitive Wage Increases and a Health Benefit Allowance.

Please email cover letter and resume to Angela.
Email Angela at

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