BENEFITING: MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
ORGANIZER: MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
EVENT DATE: Sep 13, 2015
Owner / Winemaker of Engelmann Cellars
Engelmann Cellars was founded in March 2000 by Bret Engelman after graduating CSU Fresno with a BS degree in Business Management in 1996 and another BS degree in Enology in 1999. After college Bret was in charge of all wine making at a 12 million gallon a year winery in the Fresno area. In 2000 he started Engelmann Cellars in an old raisin shed that his grandfather built on the 200 acre family vineyard in 1957. Today Engelmann Cellars is run by Bret and his wife Elainea Engelman who graduated Cal Poly in Graphic Communications. Together they have brought the wine up to 3000 cases a year with 85% sold directly to the customer in their tasting room or online. Engelmann Cellars also has 5 local Costco warehouses selling their wine.
Things I like to do:
When you own your own business and get asked a question like what do you like to do you really have to think about it because you really don't get much time to do what you like. Fortunately for me the first two things that came to mind are taking a Monday off to spend time with my wife Elainea either lunch at Pismo's or just catching up on the DVR. My other favorite thing and it sounds cheesy but I do love making wine so when I am working in the winery it is long hours but for me it isn't really work since I love it so much.
Why did I want to be a Shoe Guy?
My wife went to the event last year and she told me I should be one. So that meant I was going to be a Shoe Guy right there. Also I really good at drinking wine and talking.
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