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
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.