Solstice Means Stillness

A decade ago, I promised myself I’d spend summer solstice in the brightest part of the world. It wasn’t really a bucket-list thing—not sure I have one of those—but instead, some kind of calling.

“It’s important to find your lens.” In conversation with writer Cathy Huyghe

In Cavalier Career, we explore the will to do good work. So what kind of work does it take--really--to bring wine to the table?  Consider:. A harvest crew skilled not only at picking fruit, but hunting rabbits. Courage enough to traverse war-torn Syria in a taxicab full of ripening grapes. Nerve to skirt the law, particularly in … Continue reading “It’s important to find your lens.” In conversation with writer Cathy Huyghe

Storm-Chasing & Peace-Seeking

My migration across the country fifteen years ago was a pivotal point in my life. It constituted a great leap toward dreams I'd held since I was a little girl--and the beginning of my Cavalier Career. For all the gifts of that move (and they have been countless) it also brought chaos. This week, my essay … Continue reading Storm-Chasing & Peace-Seeking

10 Reasons Why Making Your First Wine is Like Traveling to an Unfamiliar Country

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