36 hours. It’s not quite a weekend, but in the middle of a busy harvest I imaged it to be akin to the rumspringa tradition. Leaving the “farm” on a Friday night and knowing I did not have to be back until 10am on Sunday was a wonderful and anxious feeling. Anxious in the sense that there is always work to be done during an eventful harvest and wonderful since it was my first day off since September 20th! There is so much to accomplish in such a short amount of time. Perhaps sleep, talk to family and friends long since neglected for grapes. Maybe some laundry?
In my case all of this fell by the wayside in favor of the Oregon Kickball Club tournament weekend! Forget resting up and making sure you stay fit and healthy to finish out another vintage, it’s time to stand in the field and get soaking wet and slip and slide around en route to a championship game. Fortunately, I play for a fantastic team with an amazing cast of characters that there was no hesitation that this day, October 17th, and this day alone would be the one I asked off for.
As we have begun rotating through days off here and there I think we now realize that being away from the “farm” not only gives you the chance to tell the tale of the tireless hours that go into creating Domaine Serene wine but to reflect on how the vintage is unfolding, and how important it is to have balance not only in your wine, but also in your life! - Sam Poehlman, Lab & QC Technician