Learn Work for Your Wine
I’ve never had a green thumb, but I have an annual tradition of flying across the country to turn my fingers purple. Every fall during Napa Valley’s harvest, Juan Luis takes me in as one of his own to show me the ropes of the winemaking process at Calistoga Ranch. Though it’s true I sit in a corporate office most days of my life, when I’m here, I’m one of the vineyard’s crew. Every day, I work outside from sunrise to sunset, pruning vines where honeybees buzz about fields full of fragrant, supple grapes. If I pass Juan Luis’ ultimate vintner’s test, I even get to take a few bottles home for myself.