There are thousands of decisions to make when you make your own wine. A few are monumental – what to make, where to grow it, when to pick it – but most are mundane. So much about wine is nuance. It’s the subtle accretion of lots of tiny decisions that is ultimately revealed in the glass.
It starts each year in the vineyard and doesn’t end until you pull the cork. (The choice of cork being yet another decision.) We are in the vineyards throughout the growing season and at the sorting table when the fruit comes in. We taste the berries, we check the sugars and acids, we call the pick. We pick which blocks will go into our wine (that’s what we’re doing in the photo). We choose the barrels – the cooper, the forest, the toast level.
The thing about making wine is, each vintage you start the process over again. So you’re never done making decisions. You’re always wondering what could be better, what could be different, what new thing is worth trying. If you’re into wine, you probably ask yourself these questions every time you shop. That’s just how it is.