The Wine Company

NICOLE RALSTON

Nicole_RalstonIn a small family owned company one must wear many hats depending on the needs the day. Since joining The Wine Company in 2007 I bet I have worn just about all of them. Might sound daunting to some but because new challenges energize me, The Wine Company has proven a perfect fit. With a mind for systems and a work ethic ever ready to roll up the sleeves, I appreciate every detail of the wine business and especially like that ours never loses sight of the social and personal touch. We bust our butts but still come together as family to break bread, relax on the patio, cook and sip wine together.

New experiences are one of the benefits of working for Larry Colbeck. He’s introduced every one of us to many “firsts” from ingredients to travels, and to more wine and food pairings than we could possibly count. Some of my favorites are champagne with potato chips, Saint Joseph blanc with Razor Clams, aged Barolo with flank steak, anything French with the fennel pollen rubbed ribs and chicken thighs of Saint Thibault, and above all whatever is in the chilling bucket so long as we’re eating Cioppino -my ultimate favorite.

Outside of work I am wholly devoted to family and they keep me plenty busy. If it were not for my husband Ray I don’t know how we could shuffle our two daughters between all their school activities and hockey and mind our youngest son who is always trying to keep up. If only he were big enough to walk our Doberman Tito or Weimaraner Mak! I guess that’s a perk of living on a wooden lot in Wisconsin although I do miss parts about living in the West Side of Saint Paul.

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