Ever wonder what it’s like to be a mom who works at a winery? Well, lucky for you, that’s exactly who I am. Here’s a peek inside my life!
A Day in the Life of a Winery Mom
5:59 a.m. My seven-year-old pries one of my eyelids open. The first words out of his mouth are, “Can I watch some TV?” The answer is yes because I don’t have to be awake for another hour.
6:45 a.m. Alarm goes off, push snooze. Dad is awake, so the boy goes downstairs for breakfast. Breakfast for the boy is usually cereal, a breakfast sandwich or a waffle sandwich (a gourmet term used to describe 2 waffles with jelly and cinnamon in the middle).
6:54 a.m. Snooze again.
7 a.m. I am out of bed and heading downstairs for my coffee and to say goodbye to my husband.
7:10 – 7:30 a.m. Back upstairs, and it’s bath time for the boy and (time permitting) a shower for me. On bonus days, I might even wash my hair (but never more than three times a week).
7:30 a.m. Lots of digging through piles of clean laundry and the full dryer in the search of suitable clothes for us to wear.
7:35 – 8:15 a.m. We begin the arduous task of tooth brushing and putting on shoes. Yes, this takes a whole 40 MINUTES some days. Hopefully, I can manage to get ready in between the constant reminders for my son.
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Leave the house, pick up his friend (the cutest carpool-er ever), and drop them off at school.
8:35 – 9:05 a.m. Known as the “Golden 30 minutes,” where I can go back home and finish getting ready if needed.
Starting My Winery Work Day
9:15 a.m. Arrive at work and prep for my first group of wine tasters for the day. I try and eat breakfast when I get to the winery.
10 – 11:30 a.m. Spend some time with people in the industry, who are visiting Wine Country and touring the winery and caves. A wine tasting before lunch is always a nice way to start the day!
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lots of office work begins. I check email, schedule wine tastings, send wine samples, and manage the winery’s social media pages. Next, I’m down in the cellar to witness and photograph the bottling of our very first wine from the 2016 harvest. It’s a Sonoma Coast Sauvignon Blanc, bright and fruity with great acidity and a touch of minerality.
1 – 2 p.m. Lunch is spent running home for forgotten items and/or running errands. On Wednesdays, we have tacos at the brewery down the street.
2 – 4 p.m. More office work, including conference calls, expense reports, sampling new releases, working on launching a new label design, and planning upcoming winery events for club members. At 3 p.m. my son is usually picked up from school by Dad or another parent.
4 p.m. I drive down to a neighboring winery for a winery association board meeting. Host winery provides wine and snacks (YES!)
6 p.m. On a good day, I get home before my son and husband. They’re either at baseball practice or getting some homework done. When my husband is on call, the daily scenario is basically me flying by the seat of my pants, hoping that I can get help with school pickup or praying I can finish a day’s work in six hours.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Open wine and run through my to-do list – dinner, cleaning, laundry, and paying bills. Yes folks, this is when the magic happens. My “free” time.
8:30 – 11 p.m. If the boy has not fallen asleep already, (sometimes he is so tired from school he will fall asleep on the couch before dinner is even done!) we get him up to bed. We then spend an embarrassing amount of time catching up on all the awful TV we have recorded.