“What does a winemaker do in the spring?”, you ask… lounge poolside in Hawaii, Tahiti, or Palm Springs… think of the days when we actually worked and sip refreshing white wines and roses which we recently… oh wait… nope, we’re bottling!
Springtime is filled with bottling, racking, and believe it or not, preparing for the following harvest with barrel purchases, fruit contracts, and equipment repairs or improvements. Lots of winemakers also use this time to go on the road to visit markets that support them or throw wine club parties. We also do our fair share of Spring Cleaning, which is really just extra cleaning on top of the cleaning we do every day, which is a lot!
In addition, good wines take constant maintenance, which doesn’t mean leisurely tasting through barrels before a huge dinner on any given Wednesday but rather adamantly topping and maintaining the safety of the wines. Just as you don’t stop parenting post-infancy, we continue to watch over our babies and make sure they are healthy, a comfortable temperature, and clean.
Now back to the cellar with me!