Where Does Wine Come From? (Part 3)
I have a good to awesome memory. I can read textbooks and regurgitate information verbatim. I'm able to remember where I have read arcane bits of text and picture those parts of a page in my mind's eye. Brian jokes that I can bend spoons with my tremendous memory. Just days before our first meeting with our winemaker, Chris Nelson, I completed James Halliday's and Hugh Johnson's The Art and Science of Wine. Textbook in mind, I thought that I had a pretty decent understanding of what I theoretically wanted to do with our disparate batches of grapes. In fact, I like to think that I surprised Chris with my spiffy wine jargon, apparent technical prowess, and forthrightness. But beneath the veneer, I am 100% poser. I am that nerdy kid in school who knows every statistic about every MLB player but can't swing a bat, let alone play on the team. Obviously, I have never done any of this "wine stuff" before, and everything I pretend to know derives from a single textbook. After spewing a river of scientific verbiage and wildly nodding my head in response to numbered yeast cultures, I reluctantly let Chris do his job ("Brian, what do you mean that I always try to lead when we dance?").
In this video clip, you'll see our winemaker, Chris Nelson, discussing our wine plan. CrushPad is a working winery, and the noise you hear in the background during the first minute is the bottling machine hard at work.
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I think Chris is terrific. He comes from a science background, too, having worked in a lab before returning to school for an enology degree. This appeals to me. Now I am only halfway bossy, at least today.