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Colleen Thompson

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Position In Public Relations

Lucas And Lewellen Vineyards, Inc.
1645 Copenhagen Dr
Solvang, California 93463
United States


Employment History

6 Total References
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Lucas and Lewellen Contact Us, 18 Nov 2012 [cached]
Colleen Thompson
Colleen Thompson Public Relations
News Archive-October 2000 to April 2004, 1 Oct 2000 [cached]
I happily sipped Sauvignon Blanc from Lucas & Lewellen Winery, while talking about the history of area vineyards with retired Superior Court Judge Royce Lewellen, his daughter-in-law Colleen Thompson, and partner Louis Lucas.
Los Alamos wine grower Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards has named Colleen Thompson director of operations. The position is new for the vineyard, which markets its own label, and is moving into a new phase with a winery and tasting room. The vineyard sells more than 20 varietals to more than 40 wineries in California. Thompson comes to L&L from MedSeek, a Website and Internet development company in Solvang, where she directed corporate communications. She also has been regional manager for TRW's real estate appraisal division in San Jose. At L&L she will be responsible for marketing and business development.
Lucas & Lewellen News April 2004-Present, 1 April 2004 [cached]
That's why I was a bit nervous this week as I tasted the three new wine samples I received from Colleen Thompson, the winery's public relations and marketing whiz.
"We just hit the ground running," said Colleen Thompson, the operations manager for Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards, describing how she helped grow the business from the ground up. "It's pretty amazing where we got to in four years," she said. The latest step was 0pening Mandolina, the winery's newest tasting room at 1665 Copenhagen Drive. The establishment serves as a classy gathering place for locals to visit, chat with the friendly staff, and relax. And of course the same holds true for visiting wine fans. "The social aspect is why so many people want to be part of the wine culture," says Thompson. She attributes the business's success not only to the quality of the wine, but to the personalities of its staff, who are "people our customers like to come in and have fun with."
"It gets a lot of attention; people love it," notes Thompson, pointing out that "Tuscan styles are very much in." The afternoon light streams in the west-facing window, casting a glow on the tasting-room walls, apple-green above, and below, faux-painted to resemble ancient stone from a Tuscany villa. And the items stocked also strongly reflect the Tuscany area: In addition to wine glasses and fancy corks and corkscrews, wine baskets and bags, the shop also offers kitchen items, cookbooks, biscotti and biscotti containers, garden ornaments, plenty of items for visitors and locals to choose from. The arrangements are set with space enough to allow buyers and browsers through without knocking anything over, including the orchid filled vases. Mandolina celebrated its Grand Opening in July. Putting a tasting room "right up the street" from Lucas & Lewellen's other tasting room "is unheard of," said Thompson.
It works out well for local businesses too, said Thompson, who sits on the chamber of commerce board. "One of the fun things we do is have a walking tour of Solvang," she said, where some of the nicer restaurants provide hors d' oeuvres to complement the local vintages. The quarterly event is "always sold out," said Thompson, serving about 250 people. And, she's happy to report, most of them are from the Valley. "Locals usually avoid Solvang," Thompson said. But that has changed.
Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards has opened its second tasting room - called Mandolina - in Solvang, said Colleen Thompson, spokesperson for the vineyard.
Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards wines have won many awards so far this year, spokesperson Colleen Thompson said., 17 Sept 2004 [cached]
"We did beyond our wildest dreams," said Colleen Thompson, public relations and marketing representative for Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards.
Santa Maria Sun - Cover Story - Drink in the sights and sounds, 7 June 2003 [cached]
"People get really excited about [this event] and are pleased to see the big wineries in attendance," said Colleen Thompson, operations director for Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards.
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