People ask, “What is your typical day?” At small winery, no two are the same, and yesterday was classic. Most of us are back from the Christmas break (I swung through almost every day to check on the wines) and getting organized for the new year. After presenting our 2010 strategic imperatives to our awesome staff, I re-work my production calendar and decide that we really need to assemble the Sauvignon Blanc blend a week early so it will have a full month to settle and clear before bottling. Problem is only two of my three top guys in the cellar are back from vacation, and their English is not so good, and my Spanish is even worse. I try communicating with them in my customary Spanglish, and becoming desperate I try French, pronouncing the verbs with a Spanish accent until Aaron, Carlos and I feel completely stupid. Fortunately, we’re all pals and fluent in “winemaking” and understand working with our hands, and we manage to get the wine blended to two topped tanks, turn the temperature down to “cold stabilize,” and run a sample to the lab. Replaced the light bulb and fixed the door in the restroom. Karin and the girls arrived and we took down the Christmas tree and tasting room decorations. I’ve been here since 6AM, it’s now 6PM, (Leo is still upstairs crunching the year end financials) we head out with the kids for pizza and the best beer of the new year. Note to self: hire Spanish tutor, fix the exterior lights for Leo, restock beer fridge.
Ehlers Estate represents the unique fusion of an outstanding winegrowing estate, environmental consciousness and international philanthropy. The winery’s diverse Napa Valley vineyard is cultivated using organic and biodynamic farming techniques to produce exceptional Bordeaux-varietal wines. All proceeds from the sale of these wines fund international cardiovascular research through the esteemed Leducq Foundation.