Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Let the Good Times Roll

Well...harvest is upon us...sort of.  We have only brought in a few tons of Sauv Blanc and Pinot Noir.  We have had a slow start to say the least.  I have a feeling that we will get hit hard soon and wineries will be bringing the different varietals in all at once.  Won't that be a hoot.  "Bring it on"...I say.  It's what "we" live for...right? 

Anyway...Passaggio Chard and Pinot Grigio are well underway and mostly through their fermentation...stay tuned for what's next...

If you see those grape trucks on the road, get out of their way...they are in a hurry to get back for the next load.


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Friday, September 17, 2010

2010 Harvest

It was an exciting morning...September 15, 2010.  It was the day to pick my Chard and Pinot Grigio.  I woke up around 4am to get to Lodi by 0630.  Justin drove the truck and off we went.  We met the picking crew at 0630 and they began picking the Pinot Grigio first and then the Chard.  It was cold but as soon as the sun starting coming up it began to warm up.  We drove the grapes back to the winery, weighed in (no, not like Weight Watchers...geez) and began the press.  The juice was put in a settling tank and left til the next day when it was racked off the lees and placed in stainless stell drums (some lees left for stirring).  Today I added some nutrient and different yeasts to each my fingers are crossed for a nice, cold, slow fermentation....stay tuned


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Monday, September 13, 2010

Woman of Many Hats

I was reminded today of how many different hats I actually wear on a day to day basis.  When I first get up in the morning I put on my "staff" hat since I am taking care of Mattie (my Airedale) and Mr. Whiskers (my cat)  Yes it's true...if you have animals or just one animal, then you are staff.  As I am driving to work I call my mom (every morning) and I put on the "daughter" hat.  Sometimes during that drive I get a call from my son and I put on the "mother" hat.  As I arrive at work I put on my "employee" hat.  When I walk out of the 8am meeting into the wine lab, I put on my "Lab Manager" hat and almost immediately turn and put on my "winemaker" hat.  Whew...just writing it down has made me tired.

I can wear about six different hats before 8:30am - no wonder I am tired.  We all wear different hats throughout the day - some more than others.  But I am reminded that although I may wear different hats at different times, I am still the same person underneath them all.

Although we may change what we do during the day, we should never change who we are inside...remember what is really important...remaining true to yourself.  How many hats do YOU wear during the day...count them - you might be surprised.

Right now I am about to go put on my "drinking" hat cause the day is done...


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