An excerpt from the memory banks  of La Donna del Vino
It began with an array of memories that washed over my mind. Then there were the Steely Dan songs I heard aired on the radio. Then I was outside gardening and loving the feeling of dirt between my fingers.
All this developed into a deep longing. I recall the sensation as it was building: A palatable excitement…A nervous grin…An itch…
CREATED BY KRYSTINA MENEGAZZO (TWEEDLEDEE) + KYLIE HENDERSON (TWEEDLEDUM)
For his continued presence, early starts and committed work ethic during the arduous hours of vintage
For his totally distinguishable murmurings and particular sayings throughout vintage
For caring for all living and injured creatures and her abiding attention to the vines
For her gracefulness in the laboratory and ensuring the glassware inventory was replenished sooner than later
For setting a chic and high standard in the fashion stakes for the other cellar hands to follow
For providing the ladies at C A Henschke & Co with ample ogling opportunities, we thank you
For his in-your-face humour, quick remarks and routine comedy act with Fella in the lab
For his philandering ways with an ample collection of women that kept him otherwise occupied outside of vintage hours
For her abandonment of care to the wind and her elegant, some might say, superior driving skills on the road and forklift
For his perpetual attempts to talk in a French or Italian accent and his ventures into ethnic cuisine with canned ‘rich tomato’ spaghetti
For his daily comedic routine with too many puns to remember, such as Neville’s ‘road-tested’ or ‘rocky road’ Grenache
That is me I am referring to: The Almighty Temp Goddess
Whoooaaa OK so I just finished work at 8:15pm. It didn’t seem like it would become such a long day, yet it did. Things just happen like that.
You’d think the guys have never seen a chick in the cellar before!
My oh my what a day! It was definitely not as busy as usual which was a nice break from the craziness of it all but there was fun to be had in the winery today!
Work has been dandy the last week. I am finally out of the barrel hall where I spent a week sulphuring then topping all the wine. It was a long process not facilitated by the fact I had to wait occasionally for the laboratory to keep up with my red wine samples. Nevertheless, it was all done to a T in the end and I am sure the winemakers are pretty happy with my efforts as it’s usually ‘one of those jobs’ and I did it with a big smile on my face and a radio blaring Adelaide FM’s hits whilst down there on my own.
That’s right, I said MustRat! It’s our kid name for the Muscat that today was to be fortified.
Summing up how the next few weeks should pan out, my winemaker boss Paul told me today I will be focused in the bottom cellar during vintage, looking after all the white tanks and all that other general stuff. Probably be yeast queen again too maybe. I don’t mind smelling like a bakery at work so if they gave me that role occasionally I wouldn’t complain! The other boys will be up in the top cellar where all the red ferments get going. I told them as long as I get to dig out (with a shovel over the top of the concrete fermenters) a few of the red ferments I will be happy.
I thought that getting up at 6:30 in the morning when I was over in Italy to go for a walk before work was bad…here at Henschke I am starting at 6am…that’s right, you heard me: START WORK at 6am! Hence I wake up at 5:05am (that five minutes makes a difference, I swear!), dress myself, try and look presentable, have breakfast, grab my pre-made lunch from the night before, and head out the door by 5:30am, making it to work on time. Talk about keen to work!
It is only my second day working and my hands are already stained a dark colour from working with barrels…Lordy Lord, help me!
Sogno di Giorgio:
- avere almeno lo porsche
- fare sesso con m…f…
- fare il vino più buono nel mondo
Sogno di Franceseca:
- girare il mondo
- imparare l’inglese come Krystina
- fare tante vacanze
- imparare surf con il fratello di Krystina (cioe Davide)
- conoscere tanta gente carina
Sogno di Greta:
- vedere NYC
- fare passito
- avere una mia cantina
- imparare l’inglese
- imparare il portoghese
- comprare un paio di Jimmy Choo
- venire a trovarti in Australia
- sposare il cantante dei Green Day
E poi ho scritto il nel spazio vuoto:
Sogno di Krystina:
- avere una cantina piccola come Sorrenberg
- girare il mondo, avere tante esperienze
- assaggiare i vini più buoni con il cibo più buono
- avere una enoteca buonissima e figa con la Amanda
- fare il mio Masters in Wine Business
- avere una casa mia con tutte le mie cose
- avere una macchina dell’epoca – Fiat 500!
Nice thoughts, no?