Following the Thread: Jazmine Motley-Maddox ’09

Following the Thread: Jazmine Motley-Maddox ’09

A publicist found her calling designing costumes for stars like Jennifer Aniston and Octavia Spencer

Jazmine Motley-Maddox

Jazmine Motley-Maddox ’09 with Atlanta rapper T.I. on the set of Netflix’s “Rhythm & Flow.”

Some people say appearances don’t matter, but Jazmine Motley-Maddox ’09 has always thought differently. Growing up in Birmingham, Ala., she often watched her grandmother, Zellean Maddox, feed fabric through the bouncing needle of her sewing machine. And on weekends, they spent time combing through the racks of department stores like Gus Myer, Parisians and kids’ boutiques like Jack & Jill.

Little did she know, her grandmother’s was weaving a thread of Black history through generations of family clothes—most of the clothing she shopped for were pieces from the collections of famous and emerging Black fashion designers. Her grandmother taught her that clothes often tell your story before you even have the chance to introduce yourself.

“She instilled in me a love for dressing up,” said Motley-Maddox. “I was the little girl that enjoyed wearing frilly dresses, fancy socks and hair bows.”

Now, she wears blazers, fun-print sets and sneakers to her job as a costume supervisor in television and film, taking her grandmother’s proverb of the value of fashion to the Hollywood silver screen. Working with superstars like Jennifer Aniston, Octavia Spencer, Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown allows Motley-Maddox to create art that influences millions of people.

“I truly enjoy being a part of the behind-the-scenes process. It is rewarding to have those unique, once-in-a-lifetime stories in my memory bank, and art that lives on for people to enjoy.”

After graduating from Auburn with a public relations degree, she held communications positions at CNN, FOX Sports and The Weather Channel. She was living her dream as a publicist, but she believed she had reached a glass ceiling—one that she wasn’t passionate about breaking through. Leaving her job, heels echoing among the Atlanta skyscrapers for the last time, she left to pursue another passion.

“2015 was a year of self-reflection, growth and the search to find a career that I would be fired up about and find purpose in. I interviewed for many publicity positions and never landed one, which was a hard dose of reality for me, but confirmation that it was time to move on.”

Ready to get back to work, a friend suggested that Motley-Maddox interview for a position to run Bloomingdale’s Studio Services in Atlanta, where she would manage a clientele that included costume designers, costume buyers and wardrobe stylists in the music, television and movie industries. She interviewed and was offered the position on the spot. After just a few weeks, she felt an intriguing spark each time a designer would come to the store to shop. After putting a sofa and coffee pot in the studio, she spent months listening and learning about how to shop for and buy costumes.

“I had never heard of a costume designer, but I always kept in mind that I had been praying for something new.”

Once she was comfortable with costume designers and fluent in the retail side of their business, Motley-Maddox asked a designer if she could shadow her on set. But she got more than that—she was asked to be the designer’s assistant for an album release party.

“I spent four days shooting R&B videos, an album cover and shopping for a press tour. It was the type of creative liberty I had been searching for.”

After that experience, she jumped into the industry working as the wardrobe assistant for “Office Christmas Party,” a holiday film starring Jennifer Aniston and Kate McKinnon. Since making the big leap into costume design, she has worked on many projects, including “STAR,” “Sistas,” “Young Dylan,” “Thunder Force” and “Rhythm & Flow.”She is now working as the costume supervisor for the upcoming holiday comedy “Miracles on 125th Street,” starring Nick Cannon, DC Young Fly and Lil’ Kim.

As the costume supervisor, she oversees the day-to-day logistics of the costumes department from prep to wrap. She breaks down scripts, opens retail accounts, hires team members and makes sure all work is done on schedule and on budget. She works with the costume designer to ensure that each look is prepared and ready for fittings and camera. During filming, she supervises the continuity of each character’s look—the cleaning, maintenance and any repairs or adjustments.

When filming is over, she supervises returns and the breakdown of the department. Her professional relationships with actors like Regina Hall and Brian Jordan Jr. have often led to other professional opportunities—Motley-Maddox has been called upon for personal shopping, on-set costuming and closet organizing.

Motley-Maddox still loves coffee and a great conversation with costume designers. Combining all her experiences with her complete and utter passion for costume design, fashion and storytelling, she manages a blog, Costumes & Coffee, that explores the stories of the costume designers behind the lens of some of culture’s most iconic looks.

Though set life calls for a more casual dress code, Motley-Maddox still believes that blazers mean business.

“A person’s wardrobe holds meaning that is more than its simple threads. It tells their story.”

Numbers to Notes

Numbers to Notes

Wilson Childers ’20 went from aspiring engineer to Juilliard trumpeter in short measure

Standing 6 feet 2 inches tall, with flowing brown curls and a “glorious beard,” Wilson Childers has the look of a well-traveled musician. But after a year at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, he’s still adjusting to taking the subway to class instead of Tiger Transit.

As an underclassman at Auburn, he never dreamed he would attend the most prestigious music school in the world to earn a master’s degree in music.

For more than a year, he was an engineering student.

Having a knack for math and science, Childers made the easy decision to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an engineer. He dove headfirst into the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering but, unwilling to give up his passion for music, still played his trumpet in the Auburn University Marching Band and Symphonic Winds.

By his sophomore year, Childers felt the pull between the rigorous engineering courses and his increasing musical passion. He saw that his gift of problem-solving could be used in his musical interpretation, trumpet technique and repertoire building.

Engineering couldn’t provide the same spark in him that music did.

“I didn’t hate my engineering classes,” Childers said. “I just loved music more.”

Mark DeGoti, a professor of trumpet at Auburn for 11 years, knew Childers was different the moment he entered the doors of Goodwin Hall as an engineering student.

“Musical expression is hard to teach, and Childers had that from the beginning,” DeGoti said.

During one of Childers’ first recitals at Auburn, DeGoti noticed his student wearing blue alligator skin dress shoes—a bold statement that reflected Childers’ personality.

“Wilson is Wilson—he has long, flowing hair, a glorious beard and blue dress shoes, and that captures his uniqueness as a musician,” DeGoti said.

Set on shifting Childers toward a career in music, DeGoti and Rick Good, the director of bands at Auburn, introduced him to internationally acclaimed trumpeters who also saw glimpses of the musical engineer’s talent.

During his sophomore year at Auburn, Childers changed his major from engineering to music performance and felt an immediate wave of excitement—followed by gripping fear.

“As an engineer, you have job security and a decent salary. With music, there are no guarantees,” Childers said.

Despite the leap of faith, he hasn’t regretted a single day of chasing his love for music. Instead, he embraced the challenge. In applying to six graduate school programs, Childers was advised to shoot for the stars.

“If you’re going to apply for a music school, you might as well shoot for Juilliard and see what happens.”

Childers received scholarship money from each school he applied to, and received assistantships from some, but his dreams became reality when he accepted his admission to Juilliard, following in the steps of legendary musicians Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis and John Williams.

Childers zipped the cases to his five trumpets and moved nearly 1,000 miles across the country. But the Big Apple proved to be a different culture than The Loveliest Village. The noisy streets and far walks from the grocery store were like nothing he had experienced growing up in the South.

Preparing himself for cutthroat competition with other Juilliard trumpeters, Wilson was surprised to find support from his musical peers. Instead of looking at classmates as threats, they learn from and encourage one another through intense courses and performances.

“Hearing a student play a trumpet, a trombone or any instrument next to me is as educational as any class I’ve taken so far,” Childers said.

Each aspect of Childers’ routine has shifted, from living in a “hallway with closets” (as his mother describes his current living situation), to learning how to practice in a spare room in his apartment. In a city that seems foreign to him, the uninviting faces on the streets of New York are different from the warm smiles from the Auburn Family.

“In New York, you walk down Broadway and no one looks at you, no one talks to you and you are expected to ignore the existence of everyone around you,” Childers said. “But in Auburn, people are eager to talk to you. It’s one of the friendliest places.”

Childers wants to bring a piece of the Auburn Family to New York City by finding value in each person he meets. He also sees the importance of teaching the next generation that music is about more than just notes on a staff.

With many musical doors opening for Childers, he dreams of playing in the Atlanta Symphony, where he could travel to a university to share with students the spiritual value he found in music.

“Hearing music can be a spiritual experience,” Childers said. “Sharing my music fulfills the calling of God in my life.”

Miss Alabama, A Champion for Ambition: Lauren Bradford ’21

Miss Alabama, A Champion for Ambition: Lauren Bradford ’21

Miss Alabama wears the crown to teach young girls their dreams are possible

Lauren Bradford plays violin at Miss Alabama

For months, Lauren Bradford ’21 woke up to her 6 a.m. alarm every day to get ready for her morning classes. She drank black coffee, slung her backpack over her shoulder and walked to Lowder Hall class. Like most Spring 2021 graduates, she walked across the stage in Jordan-Hare stadium to receive her diploma, but only a few weeks later, she was crowned Miss Alabama 2021. Now, instead of waking up for finance classes, she wakes up for interviews with FOX news and

Auburn Magazine: You won Miss Alabama on June 12, 2021, and since then, you moved from Gulf Shores to Birmingham. How are you doing? Are you getting much sleep?

Lauren Bradford: I’m doing well! Last night, I got a solid four hours of sleep because I got back late from an event and had to wake up early for an interview. I didn’t realize I would be traveling so much, and I didn’t know that it takes 30 minutes to get around Birmingham!

AM: When did you know that you wanted to compete for Miss Alabama?

 LB: I grew up in Gulf Shores, Ala., where pageants are almost non-existent. I grew up as a tomboy, a skateboarder and a member of ROTC at my high school. I didn’t know about the pageant world until I competed in Miss Gulf Shores High School, where I somehow won as a freshman. Even in that small process, what drew me in the most was my personal growth and representing something bigger than myself.

AM: In 2018, you won the title of Miss Auburn University after being on campus for only one monthwhat did you learn from that experience

LB: I competed at the Miss Auburn University pageant as a freshman because I knew the scholarship opportunities were awesome—I never expected to win when I was just 18 years old! It was a gift to be challenged as a freshman on Auburn’s campus, and it showed me what it means to represent a group of people—not just the students, but the intergenerational family that came with it. To represent something so special was what first gave me a taste of what it’s like to be Miss Alabama. When I represented Auburn University at Miss Alabama in 2019, I did all of the legwork, but this past year, I got to focus on preparing my heart for the possibility of stepping into this role.

“This past year, I got to focus on preparing my heart for the possibility of stepping into this role.”

Lauren Bradford shakes Governor Kay Ivey's hand as Miss Auburn University
Bradford meeting Alabama Governor Kay Ivey ’67 in 2021

AM: Over the past several years, you have had to give up your time and energy for Miss Alabama, even if that meant saying ‘no’ to social events and vacations during college. Would all of that sacrifice and hard work have been worth it if you didn’t win the crown this year?

LB: No matter what would have happened this year, I would have walked away feeling like a winner because I have [felt] myself grow so much. And, I have earned more than $86,000 in cash scholarships through my time competing in the Miss Alabama program, and it has allowed me to graduate debt-free and to pursue my masters of finance at Vanderbilt, and this would have been true regardless of winning the crown. I’ve also learned skills that I will be able to transfer into the professional world of finance, and I will have confidence going into my career field. 

Walking into Miss Alabama this year, I already knew [because of that] that I was a winner—I’m so thankful that the Lord took away the mindset of ‘needing’ to win, because that takes away what you gain from the experience as a whole. I was at peace during the week leading up to Miss Alabama because of this new mindset—it was all because of Him!

AM: You’ve played violin since you were 10 years old. Tell me about your violin talent and the song that you chose to perform at Miss Alabama this year.   

LB: I had to hone in on playing my violin this year because I was playing a new piece, Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie “Titanic.” It was a challenge because I had never played anything like it before. I chose that song because I learned the true story of the string quartet that unanimously decided to keep playing their instruments as the ship was sinking, and I think many Alabamians feel like we are in a time where our ships are sinking after the pandemic. I wanted to bring a message of hope and encouragement to the Miss Alabama stage. I needed to make sure that I was not only able to play the song well, but that I could effectively showcase the message behind it.

Lauren Bradford is crowned

AM: A big part of your job is speaking to people. Did you always have this skill, or did you have to learn it?

LB: My three siblings and I grew up without a phone until we go to high school. Waiting to get a phone allowed me time to dream and focus on things that are important to me, like gaining social skills, and I might not have learned this if I had a phone that I was glued to. I remember when I was a freshman in high school, I was at a tennis match and I saw a family friend on the opposing team, and we had a five-minute conversation. I went back to my team, and the girl sitting next to me looked at me with wide eyes and asked how I had a conversation with an adult.

I didn’t realize that that is a challenge for my generation, so that is something that I’ve learned to fight for with my social impact initiative ‘UNPLUG: digital diet plan’, which raises awareness for the need of having a technologically balanced lifestyle and avoiding technology overuse. I might not have developed my conversation skills if I had a phone that I was glued to!

AM: You have spent two years with a younger girl that you mentored through the Miss Alabama Rising Stars program. What have you learned through this role?

LB: I have been changed by the mentorships that the organization has given me, and now that I am in a place to mentor younger girls, I understand the weight of it. They are human beings who are at a pivotal age, and I love that I get to carry the title of ‘role model’ for them!

AM: At Miss America this December, what do you want the judges to see in you?  

LB: I want them to see that I am anchored in my values, and that I’m not afraid of ambition. We live in a culture where youth are scared of ambition, and it might even be unpopular to be seen as ambitious. Young people don’t have to be afraid of their ambition, or afraid to chase their dreams, regardless of what their peers are doing. I want to be the Miss Alabama that champions ambition and shows that on the Miss America stage.

“I want to be the Miss Alabama that champions ambition and shows that on the Miss America stage.”

Where Kudzu and Country Music Grow: Dustin Herring ’08

Where Kudzu and Country Music Grow: Dustin Herring ’08

A rising country star remembers his “farmer’s boy” roots

Dustin Herring sings and plays his guitar.

Dustin Herring ’08 grew up on a 400-acre farm in Hartford, Ala., and spent his childhood toiling on its land and placing his identity between the rows of corn and cotton “where the kudzu grows.” The farm was all that he knew, and all that he ever wanted to know, until he learned his first three chords on the guitar. He spent nearly a decade with his heart in two places—with his farm and with his music.

It wasn’t until the decision was made for him that he began to single-mindedly chase his dream of country music stardom.

“My little town ain’t much to see / nobody misses it except for me / word spreads fast / time moves slow / where the kudzu grows”

The pond on the family’s land was the fishing hole of the 2,500-person town, and the barn behind it was where Geneva County High students built bonfires under the star-studded sky. When Herring was old enough for his parents to leave him home alone, he hurried to the shore of the creek to fish with his simple Zebco 33 pole, a gift from his grandfather ‘daddy-boy,’ without interruption. When his family purchased a jonboat, he learned the creek like the back of his hand, caught bigger fish and shot more ducks, deer and doves with his precious Remington model 870. The farm was everything to Herring—his playground, his profession and his place.

And when he traveled 140 miles north to Auburn for an agriculture degree, he intended to move back to Hartford after four short years. Taking his dusty square-toed work boots with him, Herring found comfort in The Old Rotation’s cotton fields and in the cow pastures behind campus. Then he learned that one of his new friends played the guitar, and as he heard him strumming, the sound of his strings stopped Herring’s boots in his tracks. He had never been taught how to play, but always had the desire to learn.

“I never knew where to start with learning guitar, so I asked him to show me, and he taught me three simple chords: G, C and D,” Herring said. “People always say all you need is three chords and the truth, and that’s what I started with.”


“People always say that all you need is three chords and the truth, and that’s what I started with.”

Every afternoon after agriculture class, Herring went back home to play his beginner’s guitar. He Googled chords to the songs that he wanted to learn, and his aching fingertips couldn’t stop him from practicing into the night.

“During that first year, I would get through class and work [just] to sit at my desk and practice guitar,” Herring said. “Once I got a taste of it, I loved it.”

His first performance was at an open mic night at Strutting Duck bar off of Wire Road, a bar that attracted touring musicians and country students alike. The yellow lights and smell of alcohol contrasted with his only prior experience singing to an audience: the Hartford Baptist Church youth choir on Sunday mornings.

Herring earned a graduate degree from Auburn in plant pathology in 2011, and received a job offer immediately after graduating. He had prepared for an agriculture job, but the profession of agriculture safety wasn’t as satisfying as it should have been. His heart was in the music, but his head was in the farm.

“Sometimes I wonder how it used to be / Should I stay or go, what’s best for me? / They say there’s a world out there that you will never know / But if you leave town you will never come home”

“My reason for going to college was to learn the agricultural business side of farming, and then to return back to Hartford to practice it,” Herring said.

But he couldn’t make up his mind. He began asking the Lord for a sign to stay on the farm or to chase the music.

Herring packed up his guitar and headed to the Mississippi Delta for his job as an agricultural analyst to gain the experience he needed before returning to Hartford. Leaving behind distractions in Alabama, he didn’t have much to do besides work in the fields during the day and write songs in the evenings.

“I didn’t know anyone in the whole state of the home of the blues, so I poured myself into my songwriting.

Dustin Herring stands in the road for an album cover photo.

In 2012, while he worked the farm in Mississippi, Herring blindly entered the Texaco Country Showdown songwriting competition in Nashville. Nearly forgetting about the competition, Herring came in from work weeks later to see a voicemail from a Nashville phone number. Assuming they had the wrong number, he pressed play and expected to put the phone right back down. But they had the right numberHerring whad won the competition, and was asked to come to Nashville to meet with publishers and hit writers from “Music Row.”

For the first time, Herring visited Nashville for his music.

“You mean to tell me that you don’t live in Nashville, you don’t co-write with anyone, and you don’t have a publisher, but you won the songwriting competition?” a publisher asked.

“Yeah, pretty much,” Herring said.

“Well, you must have something going for you,” they replied.

Herring left Nashville more confused than ever. Was he really supposed to give up his roots to focus on his music career? But when his family sold the farm in Hartford, the Lord’s answer was clear. The sting of a lost identity hurt, but he saw what was left in front of him—the freedom to become a professional musician, without the guilt of choosing to leave his acreage.

That was the clarity that Herring needed—he was ready to take a leap of faith and move to Nashville. A country singer is what he would become.

Herring stood in the streets of the Music City with his guitar on his back and his old square-toed boots on his feet, overwhelmed by the city traffic and the lack of agriculture. He drove to the farm that he would be managing—a property that country stars Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney once owned. Herring spent his evenings performing his first shows in Nashville, wearing brand new square-toed ostrich skin boots that a friend gave him.

Dustin Herring sings and plays guitar.

In Nashville, Herring picked up the tempo with bigger shows and more song releases. He booked enough performances to be on tour for all of 2020, and he felt like a rising country star.

But that was before COVID-19 shut down his plans of living on the road.

He watched the Music City’s bright lights dim as the rush of artists fled the city. Realizing that he couldn’t ride out the pandemic in his small apartment, Herring knew he needed to return to his family and the open outdoors in Hartford. As he sat with his 83-year-old grandfather for the first time in months, he remembered what he was missing.

“I realized how much I missed home, and genuine friends, and genuine relationships—I neglected that for some time,” Herring said.

The clocks ticked slower during the summer of the pandemic, and Herring had more time to pour into his songwriting. The creek that he used to run to and the farm he called home reappeared in his lyrics again.

“It’s easy to write country songs when you’re being honest about them and when you grew up in them,” Herring said. “It just pours out.”

Nashville came back to life as the pandemic subsided, and Herring left to return to his apartment in the city. But he still sings of kudzu.

“Friends are treated like family / The roads are dirty rough as can be / You’re always welcome, the store’s never closed / Where the kudzu grows”

On The Vine: Ryan Reece ’14

On The Vine: Ryan Reece ’14

Building business relationships with international winemakers began with the Auburn Family 

Ryan Reece is a senior accountant at Vineyard Brands.

Ryan Reece ’14 prunes vineyards for a living. He reflects on its growth over past years, analyzes the current conditions of his fruit fields and prepares for the growth of next season.

But Reece isn’t a winemaker. He is a senior accountant for Vineyard Brands, a wine importing business based in Birmingham, Ala. The fruits of his vineyard are balanced accounts, and his vines are the people. In this role, he tends to the vast fields of Vineyard Brands’ financial needs.

“I didn’t know I wanted to get into the wine business, it just fell into place,” Reece said.

Vineyard Brands works with wine producers from “the greatest places on Earth” to offer a reliable selection of premiere wines to its customers. Whether from the sunny hills of California or the luscious fields of France, by focusing on quality–rather than quantity— Vineyard Brands allows each of their small, family-owned wine importers to survive.

Reece began his own wine collection after he joined Vineyard Brands, when he started receiving bottles of wine home after they arrived in cases with a broken bottle. Unsellable for the distributor, they became free perks for employees. Now holding 175 bottles in his wine locker, he intends to drink some now and to save some for up to 20 years.

“I never thought I would be someone who would get into wine collecting, but it’s turned out to be one of the best perks about my job,” Reece said.

Reece majored in accounting at Auburn, but as he took his business classes, he found his passion wasn’t in the tax aspect of accounting, but within the relationships it creates.

Studying for an accounting test in Lowder Hall, Reece began communicating with his classmates who were from all around the globe. In awe at how their unique backgrounds had led each of them to the same exact point, Reece appreciated Auburn University for the cultural melting pot that it was.

Conversations like those helped Reece build the foundation of his career.

“Since I’ve had this role at Vineyard Brands, I’ve gotten to do what I’ve always wanted to do, which is to talk with people and families,” Reece said.

And at Vineyard Brands, the families are the root of the business.

Vineyard Brands represents 25 independently-owned wineries, and their goal is to understand and respect the values of each of their producers while holding each of their wines to a high standard of quality and taste. Each wine is tasted by the staff before a decision on representation is made, and Reece, though trained in accounting rather than beverage critiquing, is one of these essential wine-tasters.


“Since I’ve had this role at Vineyard Brands, I’ve gotten to do what I’ve always wanted to do, which is to talk with people and families.” 

“Others in the company taste the wines before our office does, but we taste it to confirm that our whole company likes the product,” Reece said.

The crisp and bubbly flavor of Reece’s numbers job comes from these mid-day wine tastings, but his day begins and ends with ‘putting out fires’ of urgent emails that rage in his inbox, where he deals with inconsistent wine postings and other requests from producers. But the major part of Reece’s work is in Vineyard Brands’ accounts payable and accounts receivable, where he oversees and balances his company’s accounts.

Before becoming senior accountant at Vineyard Brands, Reece didn’t understand wine culture or how people could be so passionate about the ancient beverage. But as he became part of a community who placed their identity in their wines, he saw a rich history that he found worth investing in.

“Wine has such a deep culture and history,” Reece said. “These producers love their family tradition of wine.”

One of these producers, August Kessler from Germany, stays connected with Reece in between their annual sales meetings. Initially bonding over their mutual love for Christkindlmarket, a massive German Christmas market, their relationship has allowed Reece to learn about German culture and Kessler’s passion for wine.

Ryan Reece is a senior accountant at Vineyard Brands.

“Through August, I have learned more about the German wine market. Germany is extremely proud of their Rieslings, and August embodies that passion.”

Thought COVID-19 has restricted face-to-face interactions during the past year, the two exchange emails to keep their long-distance friendship alive.

The parallel between Reece’s experience at Vineyard Brands and his time at Auburn lies within the value of these relationships: the value of family. When Reece became a member of the Auburn Family as a freshman living on campus, he experienced the feelings that drew so many to love the Plains.

“People might be Alabama fans, but once you come to Auburn, you just have to love it,” Reece said.

As an Auburn fan loves the Auburn Family and its rich traditions, members of the wine business bond with each other in the same familial way.

“For Auburn fans, you like the people and the history of it. You love the whole. That is the same with the people in the wine business. People who truly love wine and want to be in that business are a part of that family group,” Reece said.


Ryan Reece and his friends on football gameday
Reece felt at home in the family of wine, but knew he lacked the deep knowledge that people who were lifelong wine connoisseurs possessed.

When he first started working in the wine business, he assumed the best bottles of wine are always the most expensive. Once clients and coworkers broadened his perspective, Reece his opinion changed.

“Now, I have a completely different understanding of wine, and it’s much more in depth than before I worked at Vineyard Brands,” Reece said.

Several of Reece’s current favorites sit in his spare office. He pulled out a bottle of ruby-red colored Italian Caparzo, made by his favorite producer. He grabbed a bottle of a cool and crisp summertime rosé, Miraval.

With his wedding coming up in December, Reece and his fiancé Brittney Baeke ’14 chose a venue that will allow the couple to bring their own wine. Wanting to start with a light champagne and end with a rich French wine, Reece decided that if there is ever a day to splurge on purchasing Vineyard Brand’s best wines, his wedding day would be the time.

“The best wine is not the most expensive wine,” said Reece. “It’s the one that you want to drink again.”