Hello everybody. My name is Jacob Bates, and this is my blog. I am new to blogging and generally new to the wine industry. I grew up in San Diego California, and moved to Napa to get a better understanding of how the best wines in the world are made.
Many people have the impression that making wine is a beautiful, glamorous job at some hill side chateau, with sophisticated wine makers standing around an oak barrel inside a beautiful cave with a symphony of classical music playing in the background. For some wineries this might be the case. But in general that is just a fantasy. This blog is intended to give an inside look at what it takes to make wine at Napa Cellars. From last year’s experience I know that I am in for a wild ride. There will be some incredibly hard times, interesting experiences, a few frustrating challenges, and plenty of messy, sticky, cold, wet, sleepless mornings. In the end it will be worth it as I taste the rewards of all the hard work that goes into making wine. Follow along as I learn the ins and outs of working in the cellar. Stay up to date on the process as our work load changes. And finally buy a bottle of Napa Cellars wine and enjoy.
Please feel free to add comments, ask questions, and tell me what you would like to see in this blog. Feedback is the only way I can enhance this experience for you and for myself.
I look forward to giving all of you a firsthand taste at Napa Cellars Harvest 2012.
For the first time, Napa Cellars will give you a peek behind the curtain during harvest. Two of our interns, Andrew & Jacob, have agreed to document their lives during harvest. We’re grateful to them for giving us this unique opportunity to see what actually happens in the winemaking process.
Enjoy the ride!
-The Napa Cellars Team