Saturday, December 08, 2007

All the wines have been put to bed

If you have kids, you know about getting them to bed. No matter how much planning and preparation, there seems to be a flurry of activity right at bed time. Water, blankets, scary shadows, things they forgot to tell you earlier that now are so important that they can't wait until morning.

It seems like they will never fall to sleep. But, they do and then you can relax and everything seems calm and in their place.

Wine making is like that too. Right after the crush, everything seems to be happening at once. Things that should just be in their place, seem to keep popping back up or are a lot more work and take more time than expected.

But, finally, everything is where it should be, wines have finished fermenting. Barrels are stacked. Paperwork is done and now you can take a breath.

That is where I am now. Taking a breath. Maybe it will have a glass of wine too.