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Stephen Webber, Winemaker
September 10, 2013 | Stephen Webber, Winemaker

Start of the Season

For those of you who know that I am from England, you will not be surprised to learn that August and September are important to me. For these months herald the start of the new football (aka soccer) season in the UK and across Europe, and I sit up to take a keen interest in how the all the changes made during the summer recess will pan out during the opening games. 

Will the new manager at Manchester United be able to keep all his stars together and continue developing up and coming youth at the club? 

Who will be the first manager to be sacked for not implementing all the changes he promised with forthright precision?

Will the band of overseas starlets be able to overcome language and cultural barriers and settle down to form an effective and cohesive bond with some more experienced pros from the mother country?

I like these scenarios because I relate them to our own ‘Start of the Season’ here in wine country and there are more similarities than you might imagine.

The summer has been full of planning, formulation of ideas and nurturing creativity regarding the grapes which are steadily ripening on the vine. Supplies are being thought over and ordered and equipment is being repaired and tested, made ready for the big start.

The harvest team is being assembled with each person being assigned specific duties. This year at Montinore, we will have a team with great diversity and skill.

Co-winemakers ( Team managers ) Ben Thomas and I will be the architects of the style, flow and results of the game that is about to be played.Assistant winemaker and viticulturalist, Kevin Green will be the ‘creative midfielder’ converting thoughts into reality and keeping the team in shape.

Our stalwart defence will consist of the vastly experienced trio of Sergio Reyes, Alfredo Santiago and Manual Cabrera who will help process all the fantastic raw material, which has been so carefully nurtured for the last 5 months, into the juice and must that will create the wines we make.

In attack, we will be blessed by the youthful duo of Paolo Bertani, from Italy, and Laura Greenwald, from California, joining us for the season, both of whom will provide the cutting, incisive edge and dynamic energy that all good teams require to be successful.

And watching it all, down near the pitch side, with a wry smile on his seasoned face will be the Owner, Rudy Marchesi, supporting and cajoling his team to produce the very finest result possible.

Finally, like all great football teams we have our most wonderful supporters, our customers, who individually and collectively drink the fruits of our labors and give over hard earned cash to enjoy the sweet taste of success. And without you, there would be little point in continuing.

So, as we slide towards fall, pay a thought into all the ‘hard graft’ that goes into creating a trophy lifting team and raise a glass, or two or even three, to Vintage 2013 at Montinore and all the stunning wines we will be trying our hardest to produce for you.

Time Posted: Sep 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM