Brian Talley is a third generation farmer and second generation winegrower, born and raised in Arroyo Grande. While attending UC Berkeley, where he earned degrees in History and Natural Resource Economics, he worked in a wine shop called Curds and Whey where he fell in love with wine.
Brian began his career in the family business at age twelve, when he started harvesting vegetables at Talley Farms. He became General Manager of Talley Vineyards in 1991 and now serves as President of Talley Vineyards and Talley Farms. Brian is recognized as a leader in the local wine industry and was cofounder of the World of Pinot Noir and past President of the San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association; he has been recognized by both Robert Parker and the local wine industry as a Wine Industry Person of the Year. Most recently he wrote a farm to table cookbook, Our California Table, Celebrating the Seasons with the Talley Family.
Brian loves cooking, wine and travel as well as fitness and golf. He lives at the edge of Talley Farms with his wife Johnine. Together they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Olivia.
Brian will be a special guest of The World of Pinot Noir's 20th Anniversary Founders Dinner on Friday, March 6, 2020.