Taylor Stroud - Tasting Room Associate & Blog Posting Extraordinaire
Tasting Room Associate
& Blog Posting Extraordinaire
Hello everyone, my name is Taylor – one of Napa Valley Distillery’s Oxbow Tastings Experts and resident biographer!
We are a family-owned business and find it important to introduce our guests to those in front of and behind the proverbial curtain, so I am writing profiles on everyone in our company. Additionally, I assist in sales and spirits tastings at our tasting room and bar shop in the Oxbow Public Market!
I started with the company in October of 2017. I was having lunch one day with Paul, our Brand & Hospitality Director (and also my cousin), venting about a job that wasn’t going so well for me. He casually mentioned that the Oxbow may be looking for some extra help. That day we went to the Oxbow to see the shop and I was enthralled by everything. I exchanged information with the manager, sent in my resume and the rest is history!
As a Tastings Expert I am also a Sales Associate, so in addition to conducting spirits tastings and signing guests up for our Bar Club I help guests find bitters, syrups, barware and more unique essentials for their bars at home. I always say it’s a difficult job to do if you’re not genuinely interested in the world of spirits – luckily I and our staff are just as intrigued as you!
I’ve always liked gin, but I didn’t consider myself an avid “gin fan” until I first tried our Old Hollywood Ginn. A year later, it’s still my favorite product Napa Valley Distillery has ever made. Now I get a gin and tonic almost everywhere I go – especially on a night out someplace like Napa’s Archer Hotel rooftop bar. Sadly, in my experience a gin and tonic isn’t always as tasty as it should be. I’d love to see NVD master a batched “Ginn & Tonic” as a bottled cocktail someday.
As for my someday, my 10 year plan includes lots of travel and education. I am about to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Sonoma State University, but I consider myself an eternal student. I’ve learned so much already from this company and cannot wait to learn more about the world of spirits and beyond.