PartnerToni brings southern charm and an insatiable curiosity to the Spicy Vines team. She credits her mature palate to the grooming of Muscadine Wine with her grandfather in rural Georgia and discovered the art of winemaking with her husband, Ronnie. Toni’s intrigued with the craftsmanship and connections individuals can share around a bottle.
Since 2014, she’s been a major advocate for the team and travels all across the United States to share her passion and excitement, making new friends at every turn. Her Steel Magnolia demeanor and contagious positivity is a beacon to the brand.
Co-Founder, Managing DirectorSpicy Vines gets it sauciness from its "mistress of spice", Crystalyn Hoffman, the girl behind the vision. Without her spunk, creativity and tenacity there would be no Spicy Vines. The girl that started as an accomplished Texas equestrian is now a wine renaissance woman and wine nouveau connoisseur.
Whether she’s rocking a suit in board meetings, jeans in the vineyards, or a feather boa to a wine tasting event, Crystalyn appreciates the variety she has created in her life.
"Just the Winemaker"We have a (sarcastic) joke around here that Doug is "Just the Winemaker". Obviously, being the winemaker is a pretty monumental task and important role in our winery. Doug brings more than just his incredible talent for making great wine. His fun attitude, charisma and knowledge have helped create the " vibe" of Spicy Vines. Doug has been an award winning founder and winemaker of two boutique wine brands prior to coming aboard Spicy Vines. A true artisan winemaker and seasoned vintner, Doug has been awarded over 100 medals and 90+ point ratings throughout his winemaking career.
Doug also possesses a keen sense of harmoniously mingling with the wine and graciously interacting with the public. He is a wine ambassador with an innate ability to articulate to audiences ranging from wine virgin to aficionado.
Marketing CoordinatorLindsay Cairns’ journey to the Spicy Vines team was just about as straight as her wine tasting expedition through New Zealand and Australia. After graduating with a degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis in 2006, Lindsay worked in all areas of production for wineries in Napa, Sonoma, the Central Coast, and New Zealand. Although she loved winemaking, her favorite part of the industry was working with customers. To develop a new particular set of skills, Lindsay completed her MBA at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2015.
These days Lindsay is working hard to ensure that all Spicy Vines customers are engaged, happy and loyal. You might meet her at a Spicy Vines events, shoot her questions via Facebook, or run into her at the tasting room. Otherwise she’s probably working on a painting with a new bottle of Original Blend by her side!
(January 6, 1987 - November 2, 2015)
Anders co-founded Spicy Vines with Crystalyn in 2011. An ambitious young entrepreneur, he was hugely instrumental in laying the foundation for the company that we see today. Anders believed in the Spicy Vines dream that he and Crystalyn worked so hard to create. He will always be a part of the Spicy Vines family. For those of us who remember him, we knew him as a true gentleman, a friend, a kind soul and a hero. His passing is a reminder for us all to live every day to its fullest and to treasure the gifts that life has to give us.