Anomaly Vineyards

A Berkeley, California transplant's view of becoming an Accidental Vintner.

So, to continue.......

When we had a parting of the ways with our current winemaker, we thought long and hard about her replacement. Since we are such a small winery, it was most important to us that it be someone who not only shared our winemaking philosophy but our sense of humor, our 'we're all in this together' attitude and, of course, our love of dogs! There was only one person whom we knew had all this traits, and more. But he was working for another winery, and the owners of that winery were our friends. So we had no choice but to ask for his hand (actually, "hands"). We went out to dinner with our friends and, with trepidation, broached the subject. Their reaction was more than we could have asked for. A resounding "the timing couldn't better" was their response. They had decided to reduce the quantity of wines they were currently producing by about half, leaving our mutual "betrothed" with only part-time work. They couldn't bear the idea of losing him as he did need fulltime work and they weren’t sure how to resolve their dilemma. They gave us their blessing, and we all toasted our good fortune. The next step was for us to ask for his "hands" directly. Tomorrow, his response. Chantico!
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