The announcement of raft wines follows what is my 1000th Instagram post. Since 2011, Instagram has perfectly representation of the journey I have been on, leading to the inception of raft wines. It follows my travels, starting in New Zealand, where I met a girl who had just finished a grape harvest. She asked me, "have you ever thought about working a wine harvest?" I hadn't. But that single question changed the path I was on. Instead of looking at apartments to rent in San Francisco, I was looking at classified ads in Sonoma County, hoping to find a spot.
When I was interviewed for a position in my inaugural harvest, one of the first things I was asked was, "You know that this is hard, manual labor, right?" I didn't. Or at least I couldn't quite imagine the hours, the achy back, the tired toes. But, I also couldn't imagine the exhilaration of walking the vines, the smell of a fermentation about to start, and the thrill of barreling down, knowing that a beautifully crafted wine would be waiting for you after a peaceful hibernation.
After the thrill of the first harvest, Instagram followed me over the next six harvests, to the Sonoma Coast, down to Chile, back to Sonoma Coast, down to Australia, and back again. Here I am now, about to embark harvest number eight, and I get to be crafting a wine on my own, to share it with friends, family, and the community.
What a journey it has been to get to this point. Being on the cusp of bringing in grapes of my own, to make wine of my own. Words do not even begin to define this feeling. Am I excited? Incredibly. Am I nervous? Have never been more so in my life.
So here's to you harvest 2016, I'm ready for you!