Jane Mika-Haynie
 
January 19, 2012 | Other stuff | Jane Mika-Haynie

Wintertime tasks at the winery.

This is sort of like the image of the duck that looks calm and smooth on the surface but is paddling like crazy underneath. The vines are dormant and ready for pre-pruning and pruning, the wine is either sitting in barrels waiting until bottling time, or in bottles ready for sale, and there is the illusion of a post-holiday lull in the work of the winery. But underneath is the work of planning out the next year, and where we stand in the roughly 3 years cycle of grapes to bottle. Barrels are being tested and tasted, oak added, and plans for bottles labels and corks are being finalized for Spring bottling. Appointments are being made with restaurants and wine bars, and flyers are strting to 'fly' for wine walks, passports and other events that count on the local wineries for support. In the vineyards, soil is being tested and amended, cover crops planted, and a spraying schedule is being developed.

This is our first January in business, and we spent many hours organizing our files and inventory for filing Federal and California State required forms, and of course, paying fees. As we organized our inventory (on paper) to submit the various forms, it gave us the opportunity to look ahead to the upcoming year and start planning Lightheart Cellars' year ahead.

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