Employee Spotlight: Angela Chapman
1. What are you drinking when you aren't drinking wine?
The order of beverages for my day goes: Coffee, coffee, water, bubbly water (as a treat for drinking the boring normal water) more normal water, WINE!
2. When you aren’t at the winery, where are you?
It is harvest so I guess I live here. I think I have a husband and a stepson at home, but I only see them when they come to visit me at work. Sometimes they help out.
3. What have you binge-watched on Netflix?
Currently, I'm watching What We Do in the Shadows, but recently I've rewatched all of Futurama with my family.
4. What is your favorite food?
That's as bad as asking me what my favorite wine is! I love food and I love to cook and I'm not a picky eater. That being said, I do have a soft spot for soups, all kinds.
5. What prior experience helps you in the job you do at Lost Oak Winery?
I've been in the wine and spirits industry for over a decade now, simply being immersed in wine for as many years as I have has given me a leg up when it comes to winemaking. I understand varietal correctness as well as what most consumers want in a bottle of wine. Having Jim Evans as a mentor has taken all that basic wine knowledge and fine-tuned it to that of a winemaker.
6. How long have you been working in your area of expertise?
Gosh, I don't even remember... I started at a liquor store as a sales associate. It was kind of a job out of necessity. Ended up I loved it; I learned as much as I could about all things alcohol. I eventually got my WSET III (Wine and Spirit Education Trust), came to Lost Oak about 8 or 9 years ago, and I am currently in my third harvest as the Assistant Winemaker.
7. Tell me about one of the funniest things that has happened to you in this job.
A few years ago, Lost Oak won the Tall in Texas Award. We got to go to a fancy diner in Grapevine to accept the award. At the end of the dinner Roxanne handed the award to Mariam and I and said to make sure the award arrived back to the winery safely. Mariam and I were about to dutifully drive back with said award in hand when we decided to instead parade around Grapevine with our impressive statue photographing its journey. We even made a special stop to Messina Hof to gloat to a bartender that we knew there. He, of course, pointed to the Tall in Texas award that they had won a few years prior. We had a great night, and I'll never forget it.