Each year during the harvest, we are afforded the bonus of a fresh pair of hands, an eager countenance, and an enthusiastic attitude in the form of a harvest intern. Interns work very hard six days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. all for the sake of gaining knowledge and experience in winemaking and viticulture- an education that is priceless, which is good as we all know how much interns make. This year we are fortunate to have three interns helping out with harvest and I’d like to shine a spotlight on them for all of their long hours and hard work.
Our first intern who came to us back in July is Marnie McDowell, a Nevada City native. Marnie graduated valedictorian from Nevada Union High School in 2011. She is presently a third year enology and viticulture student at U.C. Davis. This year is the first harvest she has ever worked and we are proud to start her off on the right foot.
Our other two interns come from slightly farther away than down the road- Silvia Casali and Claudio Borchi come to us from Italy. Silvia graduated from Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum University with a biochemical engineering degree, and yes, according to Derek, she is a bit of a rocket scientist. After graduating, together with her brother, she started managing their family’s winery- Tenuta Casali. The winery produces 70,000 bottles of wine from 50 acres of different grape varietals, such as Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Trebbiano. Claudio graduated last December with a degree in viticulture and enology from Florence University. While he was at university, he worked for the Tenuta di Capezzana winery in Tuscany for three months and additionally, he worked for three months “down under” at Bodega Familia Zuccardi winery in Mendoza, Argentina. Both have said they are excited for the opportunity to work in a new and different place, learning new ways of working with grapes and making wine.
So, if you spot any of the interns pictured above, I’m sure they’d love a smile and wave in acknowledgement of the long hours and hard work they are putting into this harvest- one you will taste in that bottle of 2013 Naggiar wine.
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