A chronicle of one semi-delusional guy's quest to break into the wine business. Step 1: Turn your back on a lucrative yet stressful career in consulting & hi-tech. Step 2: Walk into a local urban winery and offer to do anything during the Harvest of 2010. Step 3: Freak out about Steps 1 and 2. Blog about it...
Friday, September 17, 2010
If you can't harvest grapes, you may as well begin with some copious amounts of safety training. I spent all day learning about the different ways to die while working in a winery: crushed to death by a forklift, death by falling into tanks, death by asphyxiation (lots of CO2 is generated during fermentation), death from chemical fumes, etc. OK, I made up the last one, as I think it's only "poisoning from sulfur fumes, which can most probably lead to death."
Since the focus on instant death got to be a little depressing, we finished with a bit of forklift driving followed by a certification exam. If you think that driving a 5000 lbs forklift with rear-wheel steering is easy, you've obviously never done it. Luckily, I didn't crush anyone to death.