With our firm’s “harvest” over it was time to get our team out of the office and into the vineyard to learn about spring farming activities. Thanks to Debby Zygielbaum the vineyard manager at Robert Sinskey Vineyards, our team was introduced to the many tasks underway in the vineyards. With a light mist in the air and a nice chilly breeze at our side we trooped along like a bunch of curious pups. We ventured to the top of the hill to see the results of pruning and to learn about the many fungi awaiting to spring forth with the warmer weather to come.
I am always amazed at how much there is to learn about viticulture. This is why I ask our team to come out with me to discover first hand what is being done. No worries, we are not going into the grape business, but since we serve this industry it is important that we understand the processes and the challenges that our customers face. I truly believe that our ability to help others is enhanced when we understand, beyond the numbers, what makes up the activities of this business. Recalling that data only gives us one perspective, I believe better solutions can be derived when we know and can see the whole picture.
Growing up in a rural farming community in northern California, I gained an appreciation for what a farmer has to contend with. They continue to move forward, working tirelessly to combat whatever mother nature throws at them. In the end they had a crop to raise and a family to feed and they weren’t going to quit. Their work ethic and commitment is truly something to admire and applaud.
Since I live near Carneros, I often awaken to the sounds of the wind machines at 2:00 a.m. Many in the community complain about the noise. I on the other hand, lay awake wondering how bad a frost this is going to be. Will it be like last spring where we saw a record number of frost days that created substantial damage to the crop? I can’t change it but it does bother me because I know that there are many vineyard managers like Debby, who are working on just a few hours of sleep , to make sure their wind machines are running properly.
Behind every great bottle of wine are hard working, caring people who want to do the right thing. So the next time you’re enjoying that delicious bottle of Napa Valley wine take a moment to look deep inside your glass to catch a glimpse of the women and men who dedicate their lives to making sure the grapes are the best!
Until next time…pull a cork and enjoy!