Under the general direction of the Assistant Winemaker, this position will execute all necessary harvest lab analysis. Primary responsibilities will include but are not limited to: processing vineyard samples (brix, pH/TA), running juice panels and drain and press analysis on the Y15 and recording brix and temps. Some basic cellar work may also be required such as punch downs, additions and general cleanup.
- Coordinate all routine lab analysis with Assistant Winemaker
- Run necessary daily analysis
- Record all lab data
- Primary fermentation monitoring
Translation: You will spend a good amount of time in the lab. We run the usual here – pH/TA on an auto-titrator (no need to stand at the counter and hand titrate for endless hours!) and glu/fru, malic, YAN, K, and acetic acid on the Y15 – an automated spec. We also have a DMA for brix/temp. The lab is our hub and is also used for planning the days work/fruit processing and tasting so it can be fairly busy but you will be in the loop with all of the harvest activities. We try to plan our days ahead of time as best we can but more often than not, we are switching gears often to accommodate whatever it may be that comes our way. You will also get the opportunity to do some vineyard sampling with us and help with some general cellar work if need be. (Feel free to hide the speaker in the lab from the rest of the crew so that it doesn’t get lost in the cellar or on the crush deck – good music is crucial in the thick of harvest!)
Background and Experience:
Requires a bachelor’s degree in Enology, Fermentation Science, Chemistry, Microbiology, or related field. The qualified candidate will be well organized, detail oriented, and possess strong analytical skills. The capacity to multitask, work independently and with others at all levels of the organization is required. Intermediate to advanced computer skills in Word and Excel are required. The willingness to work extended hours and various shifts is expected. The position requires the ability to stand for long periods of time, occasionally reach with hands and arms, occasionally sit, walk, climb, stoop, or kneel, as well as be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.