It makes it possible for you to spend time on other things, but it also takes up most of your time. I’ve learned a little more science, too, and have a lot more to learn.
Though this was only my second rodeo, it wasn’t my first and I’ve had a chance to process a lot of what I started to learn last year.
I’ve been for rides on unstable ladders and overladen forklifts (sorry mom).
I’ve also, in this great nation of large and often great wineries, seen and heard of some impressive efforts to rescue wine and juice – efforts that fall on either side of that fuzzy line between interventionist and minimalist winemaking.
It’s cheap to make, cheap to sell, a huge crowd-pleaser, and it bankrolls a lot of the more exciting winemaking going on in NZ right now, which you’ll find in small scale at the larger wineries or in the increasing number of boutique shops.The sun has been shining, the days have been hot, the nights have been cool – to quote a friend, “good for people and grapes.” It’s a funny and nice change to see all these winemakers so cheerful.