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Join us in exploring the 1st of the Executive Jane 360º Series exploring the life of an executive woman learning how to turn the crushing of life into a fine wine.

Chapter 11

Chapter 11

Handpicking is still practiced by the highest quality producer Matt didn’t stay long. After I told him about lunch and the limo and my call to HR, he excused himself. I wasn’t sure how to read his response. I wasn’t sure if I still had my job and Matt clearly had no...

Chapter 10

Chapter 10

In ancient times, the vintner would take the pruning and stack it at the perimeter to form a protective hedge around the vineyard. The rain abated, and Don decided on a change of venue, taking advantage of the unexpected sunshine to head into the vineyard and check...

Chapter 9

Chapter 9

Malolactic fermentation is a second fermentation to soften the wine and reduce acidity. It produces by products that may or may not be desirable. When I headed back to the barn I found Don and Jack in a heated debate over malolactic fermentation. They debated whether...

Chapter 8

Chapter 8

Cultivating a noble wine is like conducting a symphony By “lunch” Jack means “wine.” I walk into the barrel room to see a tasting table set up with six bottles of wine and six glasses … times three. I had just read it this morning in a news feed from a Charleston...

Chapter 7

Chapter 7

As grapes begin heading for maturity, three components undergo rapid change – sugar, acidity, and flavor. The sound was so faint as my mind struggled against the will to get up, I thought there was a woodpecker outside my door. It was rhythmic, but not synchronous....

Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Soil is an important factor. This visit is both exhilarating and exhausting. After a full afternoon walking the vineyards and talking about refractometers, soil, pruning and hedging, I was overloaded. But after an afternoon of fermentation and racking, I was famished...