The Winemaker’s Twelve Days of Christmas

The week before Christmas I went back and forth on whether to do a Christmas post and that was decided for me when I looked up from the flurry of activity and discovered it was December 26.  Thankfully, I’m still able to get in on the holiday spirit with the Twelve days of Christmas.  With day 1 being Christmas Day and the end being Three Kings Day on the 6th, we are smack dab in the middle of the twelve and so that makes me right on time for a Christmas post, right?  Excuses aside, I thought it would be fun to ask the winemaker in my life what he would want for his twelve days of Christmas.  In the interest of brevity, I will count down from twelve as opposed to starting from one- that way it retains it’s “carol-like” quality without the ever-increasing number and length of verses.  Here goes…

On the Twelve days of Christmas my wonderful, beautiful, smart, talented, etc. love gave to me…

12 months increased sales -because it’s good to be paid


11 pound suckling pig- the only way to celebrate the end of harvest


10 mph- the maximum speed everyone should drive whilst on Naggiar property- low speed=low dust=happy vines


9 pounds of fruit per vine- need to make up for our lower numbers this past year


8 hours unbroken sleep- and not just during harvest


7 months of warm, dry weather- specifically May-November


6 weeks of harvest- as opposed to 8-10 weeks


5 double gold medals- of course, the more, the better


4 months of rain- specifically January-April


3 problem-free bottlings- fingers crossed


2 new fermenters- or more


1 49er play-off win (ok, that one might be mine- I get one right?)


May your Twelve Days of Christmas be merry and your 2014 healthy and bright.


About dwdirwin

Wife of Naggiar Vineyards winemaker Derek Irwin, mother to 4 active kids and one dog and newbie blogger!
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