At Roth Estate Winery…
Not sipping during day. Anticipating what wine… what wine to taste, the wine’s philosophy and language scoping my immediacy, me right here in the kitchen writing about wine, while not tasting it at all today. Not sipping with guests, making the writer more focused, more observant, more creatively defiant in the tasting room— noting everything that everyone says. May go back to winemakers’ kitchen and see if any coffee remains. Care less if it’s cold. I really don’t care. You should see how speedy the fingers gallop and pervasively prance on the black keys of this laptop that sits atop a stainless steel island counter. I snack on leftover snacks from a private tasting group from last weekend. Women who graduated from Harvard business school or something, all living in Bay Area. Nice group. Didn’t much touch the food component. Boon for me, and this sitting. The island surface is a bit higher than a normal desktop surface, at which I can only make jokes in my head, like I’m sitting at a kids’ table during a family gathering, or I’ve shrunk at my old age, or I took one of my daughter’s or son’s chairs from their room with me to work and needed it for this winery, tasting room, freewrite.
Group of seven with co-worker now, dropping names telling her, my co-worker, ‘Yeah I know so and so, and they I could get this and that, and yeah I’m so happy to be here so please start giving me free shit….’ Not the first time I’ve seen this. You just go along with it. Me, in my pages and pages of wine, I have to laugh at the tasting room dimension and tangibility. If you don’t, and you’re just getting into this industry or are new to it, you’ll go berserk if you don’t see everything humorously. You have to laugh, even when you don’t have to for survival. Like the groups or just couples, or even singular person, that take forever to get through five wines, one flight. You notice on the first pour they took a while, then wait to see it the same happens with wine #2. It does, so you pour a little less for 3, and it doesn’t help. Then, at end, they buy nothing. What were they looking for, you have to ask. And if they were taking notes, what do they do with them. I mean, I’m a writer, and I don’t write that much when at the bar, when someone’s hosting me. I take abbreviated captures, and develop later if I warrant.
Can hear the group out there. Guess the wind made them escape to the Room. Feel bad for co-worker, Brittany. Should have waited to take this literary lunch till after they broke from property. Well, I’m here, in the kitchen, at the winery, dreaming of wine I’ll after work sip and scribble about, note in which ever journal I can on my hands get. Just heard one of them say, “This is a more greasy Chardonnay, is it not?”, in a thick and somewhat slow, congealed British speech. How many wineries have they been to before this one? Should clock in early, help her behind bar, get them out of here. And if you’re in the industry, and you have groups that show up unannounced and start name-dropping and just want a “revisit” of this one and that one and then the other wine again, you can’t wait for them to file out and get the fuck back into their cars.
Going back out there. Eat the rest of the cheese, hazelnuts, olives… gone.
But, coffee first.
so much about wine?
Really… the writer wants to know.
on the wine train…