How I Ended Up in the Wine Industry

Originally published on Jancis Robinson. Some people study it, others are born into it, and some take windy, windy roads before they end up in it, but everyone in the wine industry is here for a reason. I myself did not grow up in a wine family. I was raised in Los Angeles, and the…

Like a Phoenix

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! Harvest’ll do that to you. In a week though I’ll be done at Staglin! After the fires everything flew by faster than I could have imagined. We’re just now getting back to 8 hour days which is both wonderful and heartbreaking since it means it’s all coming to…

Harvest Take 3: A Valley Inflamare

A week ago, I was planning on writing about how harvest at Staglin was going. It was in the middle of the busiest week I’ve ever worked–13 to 16 hour days every day–and I had no idea when my next day off would be. We were cranking out tons of grapes and our tanks were…

Trust Your Knots, Trust Yourself: Vintage Part III

We made it. It’s over. Well not really but Gerrit and I are peacing to Bali so basically. It’s funny how life works out. Last fall I applied to jobs in Australia for about two weeks and then changed my mind. My plan was to stay and take winemaking classes at the local college, but…

Barossa Valley Round Up

As much as I love Clare, Barossa is the wine region of South Australia. With over fifty wineries, great food, events and sights what’s not to love? Since it’s only an hour and a half from us we went as much as possible and this is what we found. Must-Sees: Torbreck – Mutually decided this…

Everything Hurts and I’m Dying: Vintage Part II

We’re over halfway through with vintage, but since these last few weeks are going to be just as hard as the past few here’s a little check-in. Maybe you’ve guessed it? Everything hurts and I’m dying. I swear minorly injure myself at least five times a day. The bruises are out of control. My hands are…

Welcome to Winery Bootcamp: Vintage Part I

I love my job. Really, I do. Working vintage down under is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Working for Jim Barry after one vintage is like the winery version of basic training. Every day you go into it thinking you’re prepared and every day they find…

The 5 Easiest Ways to Look Smarter Buying Wine

Whether you’re recently 21 or have been buying wine for years, picking out a bottle can be stressful. If there’s not something specific you’re looking for, where do you begin? For college kids on a budget, it’s probably the cheapest bottle with the highest level of alcohol. More moderate buyers may discern between a Cabernet…

The Pre-Harvest Push

“God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Despite having grown up in Catholic school, I’m not a very religious person. However when it comes to winemaking, this prayer has never been truer. You see as…

An Aussie Life for Me

Walking out of the airport, I quickly realized two things: It was summer. I had no idea where my hostel was or what it was called. Luckily about a second later, a guy my age walked towards me and asked, “Are you Hannah?” Sure enough it was the other intern, Eric, who had picked me…