One week in

It’s one of those pretty Sunday mornings. The house is quiet – lots of sleeping in, and Cody and Matt left for a little day trip to Martinborough to check out some grapes and stuff.

I learned a valuable lesson: if I try to edit a blog post on my phone (to upload photos) and on my computer (to type), nothing will save and I’ll have to try to remember my already-processed thoughts to re-type. Oops!

We’ve had a great week working and hanging out with our housemates and co-workers. The sense of community here reminds me a little of the wine industry in Sonoma County, but more adventurous and closer-knit, since so many of us are new in town (and the guys in our house share one car). All the interns at different wineries are bonded through sticky grape juice, and it’s easy to get along with those passionate about the same thing. This week, dinner table discussions included pH levels, brettanomyces strains, and lots of blind tastings. When it gets really technical, I just go do the dishes. πŸ˜‰ 

A couple highlights of the week include:

1. Visiting Luke over at Trinity Hill, where we got to chat with the winemaker Warren over a just-bottled 2011 Chardonnay. Native yeasts and a lot of funkiness – it was awesome.  Warren also makes a couple wines under a private label called Bilancia. His premier bottlings are called La Collina, which we shared a bottle of last weekend (the ’06). Warren sent us over to the tasting room in Havelock North that pours it, and woah: delicious. And worthy of the jillions of awards it’s received since its inception.

(Alder Yarrow at Vinography has a great post about the whole story here).

Bonus: that tasting room had some lawn games. So funny to see the guys get super competitive, especially with a double-or-nothing gamble going on.

2. A 3L of Craggy Syrah that crossed our paths this week with dinner.

3. Making a new friend in the vineyard,
4. Walking to town and seeing that one of our neighbors has a man-made hobbit hole, 
5. And of course, ridding the world of evil, one bird net at a time.

With the reward of lots of yummy grapies. πŸ™‚ 

Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16-20 ESV)

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