We are so thrilled to announce that an old friend of ours and yours is now here to help guard the fort, full-time! Take it away, Bryan...
Hey there, my name is Bryan Winfrey and I’m more than excited to be on staff full-time at TARARA, where some of the best wines in Virginia are made and we showcase them all in our rockin’ tasting room. Right now, I’m counting down the days until my wedding, where my beautiful fiancée Karen and I will pledge to spend the rest of our lives together! Totally stoked!
I first visited TARARA on a lark back in 2005, tasted the Viognier, and came back to pour wine on the weekends beginning in March 2008. It kind of seems like it’s been a 5 year “internship” as I’m now here full-time and living the dream.
I’m Sooner born and Sooner bred, raised in the Great State of Oklahoma, and have lived in Frederick, MD for the last 12 years or so. If you see me anxious on a Saturday in the fall, it’s probably because I don’t know the score of the Oklahoma football game, or we’re losing the game. Either way, it’s not a good thing!
Also, talk to me for about 4 minutes, and you’ll know that I LOVE all types of music, but mostly the genres and styles that rock. This upcoming concert season promises to be absolutely all killer (no filler) and I’m sure that I’ll be seeing many of you out there by Shadow Lake.
That’s my story, I’m sticking to it, and I’m looking forward to spreading the good word about TARARA far and wide! Cheers!
Thanks, Bryan for taking the Tarara challenge. We know our customers will be thrilled to meet you....those that haven't yet, anyway!
And now a word from Kelly...
Hey All! My name is Kelly Pruss and I am thrilled to be Bryan's new better half! I may have had the pleasure meeting you already in our tasting room, at one of our vine club pick up parties or at our recent concerts as I have been with Tarara for 7 months now.
Prior to the past 7 months, I've been a stay at home mom to Jake (13 yrs) and Zack (11yrs), with the exception of being the Assistant Athletic Director at the Piedmont Athletic Club for a year and a half. Prior to our boys being born I taught 1st grade in Prince George's County. Many months ago I began to have that urge to find something for myself again outside of being a mom.
I came to Tarara looking for a position where I would truly enjoy going to work each day, learn about the industry, and to find a position that I could see myself remain for many years to come. I have been very fortunate to have all of these occur. It was my goal to become part of the tasting room management team within a year or two and voila....the time has come sooner than later. With the support from my husband Tim of 19 years and my boys, I could not be more pleased to be a member of the fabulous Tarara Team!
Living in Haymarket, VA and having visited many of the surrounding wineries, I fully believe Tarara offers the complete wine experience. Of course we have the most undeniable delicious wines in all of Virginia (can I get a WOOP WOOP!), but I have yet to visit a winery that has a tasting room staff that rocks it like our crazy team, the gorgeous grounds we are so fortunate to have, and holds so many fantastic events and has by far the most outstanding vine club members and customers!!
I look forward to further assisting you now as part of the tasting room management team.