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Where I Work: Cottonwood Wine Tours

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It is a beautiful morning and I’m picking up the Cottonwood Wine Tours van. The van has been readied by my co-worker Adam, who maintains the vans in pristine condition. Today I am picking up my guests at their home. I have a personally prepared wine tour planned for them, based on their interests and tastes in wine. My guests today are a group of military personnel who are going to be transferred to other bases. They wanted a fun and special day together before their last farewell.

 My favorite part of this work is that I get to spend the day with folks from all over the world and from all walks of life. I have all types of groups such as bridal parties, people celebrating birthdays or anniversaries, and visitors to our city.

I have been fortunate to work for Matt and Brandy Garcia, owners of Cottonwood Wine Tours and Texian Tours, for three years. The small staff is tight-knit, and the Garcias are always supportive of us. It definitely feels like a family.

Cottonwood Wine Tours co-founder Matthew Garcia explains how the wine storage process works at shares Sister Creek Vineyards Sunday.
Cottonwood Wine Tours co-founder Matthew Garcia explains how the wine storage process works at Sister Creek Vineyards Sunday. Credit: Bria Woods / San Antonio Report

The Garcias have known each other since childhood. They grew up on the far West Side, went to the same high school and then away to the University of Texas at Austin. Once they graduated and returned to San Antonio, their friendship turned to love and they married.  

Matt went to work as a Segway tour

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