Some days I don’t feel great. And granted I’m writing this after a 10 hour day and absolutely tired…but there are definitely some things about work that make me feel like the winery team isn’t as efficient as it could be. Not that I’ve been working in this industry too long, but I know what it feels like to have a good winery team. This year…I don’t know. There’s something off. And maybe it’s because we are shorthanded. There’s more wine work than energy to work. We are just a small team of 4. For the amount of work to be done, I definitely think we could’ve used one more person or maybe two to help with harvest. I’m exhausted, and harvest is usually grueling, but I think that this is the hardest I’ve ever had to work. I can tell it’s been mentally draining for everyone.

     I’ve been working 65 hour weeks for the past 5 weeks. And have only had 4 days off in total. And I hate to sound like I’m complaining about working long hours and about my work problems. But it’s made me think about why I love coming into work every day. I honestly love what I do, and that’s why I put up with the hard work. The end result is so rewarding. And it’s even better when you have a great team - the day goes by faster, more is accomplished, and you feel good about the work you just completed. This year, I’m not quite feeling that vibe. Life goes on and you learn a little bit more with each harvest. Still have about 6 more weeks until I start my holiday!

     Also, we tried a 1981 Cabernets from Mount Mary Winery from the Yarra Valley. It was a blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, and something else I can’t remember. Mario used to work there, and he pulled it out of his cellar for us to try. It was actually really good! Still had really bright acid, soft tannins, and a slightly oxidized raisin on the nose.