Mind the Gap

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.

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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

To Hell With It. Let’s Do This.

Following instinct leads to joy: I’d nearly forgotten. On Labor Day, I rose at 4 a.m. to drive to the Sierra Foothills and harvest a half-ton of Grenache fruit. Yep, I set out to make wine. Was this a wild hair, a last-minute venture—or, was it my plan all along? Both. During my six years … Continue reading To Hell With It. Let’s Do This.