Tuesday, April 04, 2006
One of the big wine shows in New Zealand has recently concluded and I wasn't surprised to see my old mentor and friend Rod McDonald take top winemaker honours for the 2006 show.
I worked at Vidal Estate in Hawkes Bay under Mr. McDonald's tutelage during the '99 crush and much of what I learned stays with me today. He exposed me to many facets of wine making and was a great sponsor for this green Canuck. He also demonstrated management techniques that helped keep a tired crews' morale up during those 60, 70 and even 80 hour work weeks. In return, I filled the harddrive on his laptop with porn when he wasn't around. When apprehended I pointed a finger at the French kid who was unable to defend himself due to the language thingy.
Congrats to Rod and his staff for their accomplishments.