Palisade Wine Legend Prepares to Retire
KREX News Room
PALISADE, Colo.- Folks from all around travel to Palisade for some of the greatest wineries not only in the state, but the country. One popular destination has many people coming back year after year, and it's due partially to not just the wine but also the person pouring it.
However, the scenic town will soon say goodbye to this familiar face.
“I'm a people person, so it was the ideal job,” said Jan King, who is set to retire at the end of the month.
You could call King a familiar face, or even, a local celebrity. But this retiree says she no such thing.
Working at the Plum Creek Winery isn't King's first or second, but third job.
“Well I retired in 2004, thinking I was just going to visit people on both coasts and be a beach bum,” said King. “That was my plan but within about 3 months, I was bored silly.”
That's when she made her way to Palisade and the rest is history.
“So when we started Jan in the tasting room, she really was just a great visitor and convention bureau person,” said Jenne Baldwin-Eaton, wine maker. “Ya know, she knows so much about the area. A lot of the clients coming in are looking for places to stay, where to eat. She has been in this area for so long that she knows a little bit about everything.”
It’s not just facts about the Grand Valley that King knows about.
This theatre going, world traveler has some words of wisdom she wants both the young and old to hear, advice she tells to those who enter in her wine sanctuary.
“I would say, find something you're passionate about andprepare for it,” said King. “Go to a good college. Try and find what you are passionate about and I think you will be happy in everything that you are doing. There is so much out there to be enjoyed.”
King says the first leap could be the hardest, but not to get discouraged, you'll find your way.
“Some people think success is having a lot of money,” said King. “For me, its been comfortable just enough to be comfortable.”
But one last question King can't even answer herself: will she actually stayed retired?
“Who knows where it may lead,” said King. “I don’t know and that’s part of the fun of it. Because I never thought I would be doing this.”
After all, she says life is always about forward movement.