Monday, August 2, 2010

The End of an Era

July 31 was my final day as executive director of the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association! I truly enjoyed my time with the AVWA, organizing events and running the association, but three years of working mostly 7-days a week, 80+ hours each week during festival times, and no time for some of the projects at Foursight that we wanted to accomplish, was enough. I'm happy to now say that I've returned to the land of the living and am (mostly) taking the next few days off. Hooray!

We've decided to go camping up on our ranch for a few days with some friends. Of course, there are always complications, and I'll have to come back to the valley to do a few things each day, but that's the beauty of the ranch: it's only 15 minutes from our house. Otherwise, I plan to do a lot of eating, drinking, and doing nothing except a hike or two.

What's on the menu? Bubbles, of course, a few select bottles of wine, and beer is a given. We'll be eating veggie ceviche, marinated tri-tip, ice cream sandwiches on homemade cookies, cinnamon rolls baked from scratch, burgers, breakfast burritos, and a lot more I'm sure. Yum.

What else is happening here on the Foursight property? Well, Handsome's leg is not healing well, so the vet should be out again and we'll see where that goes. It may be infected -- another twist on a long saga of injured and sick horses. (Will it ever end?) And then on Wednesday I get to take over my new job as president of the Anderson Valley Winegrowers, when we have a board meeting here at Foursight.

Next week I'll spend my days off bottling 2008 late-harvest Sauvignon Blanc (good news to our club members who have been waiting for this - and it's tasting awesome!). The week after we'll be bottling 2009 Pinot Noirs, which will also be killer based on our last tasting. Then, of course, harvest for sparkling wine in late-August, early September this year. We estimate we're about 17 days behind our normal season, so picking will be later for all varietals unless we get some serious heat this month.

Well, after tallying up the above upcoming tasks, I guess I should correct myself and say that, after harvest, I'll be taking some real days off each week. Hopefully. haha. Such is the life of the self-employed.