In previous posts, I've conveyed that the wine business, while deeply satisfying, remains hard work. Admittedly, it might sometimes be work with idyllic vineyard walks and glitzy parties--but hey! It's a grind, in its own way.
Over time, I've become familiar with certain steps in the winemaking process by working with my employer--sampling grapes, doing punchdowns, or cleaning tanks. Yet I had never experienced it in such detail until last week, when I harvested my own fruit and began my own winemaking project. In my mind, I'm on a journey. I've landed in a thick jungle and I've gotta make my … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Making Your First Wine is Like Traveling to an Unfamiliar Country
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. ― Bertrand Russell This summer, I wrote a trade article that was widely aggregated. It was my first piece for the wine industry, proper. (Most of my wine-related essays have been more personal.) It's gratifying to … Continue reading Beginner’s Mind and Me
We are each born with a prize inside, Cracker Jack- style. The trick is to dig it out and let it shine, rather than trash it with the empty, sticky box.
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” ~Sigmund Freud I was recently in a business seminar when a student shyly revealed that she had a certain health issue. The instructor squinted like she was taking aim, then informed us that this was an example of excessive transparency. "Too much transparency," she said, "reveals your … Continue reading Things I *Don’t* Know For Sure