Meet our CEO + Co-Founder, Randy Pope

Craving more info on the team behind Blendings?

Well, meet our CEO + Co, Founder, Randy Pope. Come by our Grand Opening celebration on Memorial Day weekend and you can meet the man in person. He’ll be the one not holding a drink!

Where were you born/did you grow up?

I was born in Ft. Collins in 1953 and have definitely grown out but have yet to grow up.

Where would someone find you when you’re not working?

Randy with his beautiful and talented wife, Sheryl

Randy with his beautiful and talented wife, Sheryl

With my current 6 and soon to be 8 grandchildren

Do you have a pet?

Yes, 3 dogs....Bud, Hank and Chuck....and two black cats - Perez and Tuxedo.

What is your favorite food?

Everything except oysters

Do you have a nickname?

What is it and why? I do not care what anyone calls me as long as they call me when it is time to eat.

What was your high school yearbook quote?

"If anyone is keeping score, I am playing to win"

FRIENDS or Seinfeld?

Sports Center or any ball-game

What is the most interesting fact about you?

I am 66 and have never had a drink of alcohol.

Meet our President + Co-Founder, Natalie Petersen Diekmann

It’s only three weeks before our Grand Opening and we still have several people for you all to get to know.

Meet Natalie Petersen Diekmann, our President + Co-Founder. When not at the winery she helped bring to life, you can find her at your nearest karaoke, changing lives one Sade song at a time.

When did you first get into wine?

I thought I knew how to drink wine until a very dear friend schooled me at the ripe, young age of 23. We continued our lessons for nearly two decades, touring wineries and vineyards across the country and helping keep the entire industry well padded with our love of fermented grapes in glasses!

 If you were a wine, what would you be?

Explosive, dazzling, and assailing the senses, I'd be a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand! Like the popular grape planted just a couple of decades ago, no one could have predicted the superstar status I'd achieve! BAH!

 Where were you born/did you grow up? 

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I grew up to the music of the Los Pinos River in my backyard. I floated through the early years as a typical Colorado girl, climbing mountains, catching sun rays from the wide-open sky, and playing with any wild friends who were willing to hunt and gather an adventure, before heading to Colorado State University to start playing adult. A stint of 17 years in Los Angeles, California, working for enormous companies with enormous amounts of bureaucracy, as well as the birth of my son, helped me realize where in the world I wanted to settle into the back half of life. Since returning to Fort Collins, smaller town relationships have brought me larger than anticipated satisfaction, including the opportunity to open an establishment where my neighbors and friends can gather around a good story and a great glass of wine.

 What’s your favorite vacation spot?

My favorite vacation spot is a rooftop deck in Cozumel, Mexico, followed closely by anywhere remotely warm with little to no reception and plenty of nothing to do.

What you sing on karaoke night?

Sade, Smooth Operator. If you haven't heard me sing it, your life is incomplete. Kidding. Not kidding. 

Stop by sometime and say HI to Natalie! As you can tell, she’s tons of fun!

Meet Our Retail Manager, Ashlee!

The closer we get to opening (Memorial Day weekend!), the more excited we get to meet all of you!

We’ve asked each member of our team five questions so you can get to know us a little before you even walk in the door.

First up, meet our Retail Manager, Ashlee! Watch out, her laugh is extremely infectious :)

Where did you grow up?

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee!

 How long have you been in Northern Colorado?

I’ve been in Fort Collins for 8 months. I moved here to be with my best friend while she is going through chemo treatments. It’s been amazing being here and I’ve fallen in love with Colorado!

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 Where would someone find you when you’re not working?

Usually reading in my hammock on a ridge somewhere or hiking by the lake.

 What’s your favorite TV show?               

Outlander, The Office, and New Girl.

 Do you have a nickname?

*Shlee* When I turned 18, every piece of mail I received said, “To:Shlee Warren (or the parents of Shlee Warren) Somewhere among the way they lost the “A” on my name. My dad started calling me Shlee as a joke and it stuck.

Ask Ashlee your own questions at our open houses during our Grand Opening Weekend celebration!