Any fan of Half Hour Intern knows we love our adult drinks around here. Social lubricating, tension easing, great tasting drinks; what’s not to love? I’m typically a beer and wine man myself, and as such I’ve already done a couple of interviews with people that get to drink wine for a living (I still can’t believe jobs like that exist!), but today we finally speak to one of the wonderful people behind the juice. Get ready for a lesson in the delicate balance of art and chemistry.
2:25 – Sterling’s path to becoming a wine maker.
8:00 – Schooling vs. on the job training.
9:00 – Art and science.
10:15 – First lessons on the job.
11:30 – Chemistry in winemaking.
14:00 – Bottle shock.
14:50 – Step 1 of making wine. Grapes on the vine.
16:30 – How do you keep your palate up at tasting wine grapes when you can only do it once a year?
18:00 – Having a wine not turn out well.
19:00 – Step 2. Fermentation.
20:30 – How different can the terrior be at wineries that are really close to each other?
22:50 – The things that impact different wineries wines tasting unique.
24:20 – Step 3. Ready for the barrel.
27:10 – What do you get paid for as the wine maker?
29:20 – How much can you do for a wine if the grapes weren’t very good?
30:30 – Blending
34:10 – Difficult wine mixing.
36:00 – Deciding the price of a wine.
38:40 – The region you grow in.
40:20 – What makes a wine mature and smooth?
43:00 – What makes being a wine maker great?
44:05 – Advice for wine drinkers.
45:30 – Advice for people that would like to make wine.