“We’re makin’ wine!”
That’s what Cameron (VP of Wine-making at Ramey Cellars) used to say whenever he would have us doing something pretty far from winemaking – like scrubbing drains or cleaning the parking lot. Funny right?
But, there is a lot of upkeep at a winery that is necessary but somewhat unrelated to the actual winemaking. Especially the first week or so of a cellar internship.
So, my fellow intern, Kerry, and I have spent the better part of the last 2 weeks doing just that: Cleaning and sanitizing the picking bins, the fermentation tanks and t-bins, bottling older vintages, labeling upcoming wines for the Scherrer fall release party and generally tiding up loose ends.
This is my 3rd harvest. It probably sounds crazy, but I now enjoy this early-season cleaning and prep because it means the grapes are almost here!
For Scherrer Winery that means tomorrow. We are going to pick a few tons ourself to kick off the 2011 harvest!