Thursday, September 18, 2008

Count down.

Today I was back at the day job, getting caught up. I really have a great group of managers, they held down the fort just fine while I was off for a few days.

Stef spent the day getting the books in order. We're pretty excited, it looks like we will be cash flow positive in Q3 and Q4. That's huge for us. The first time in 4 years since we officially started. We showed a GAAP profit last year, and will show one this year, but most of that was inventory growth in barrel.

I spent 30 minutes talking with Bradley Brown at Big Basin. Just getting our timing squared away now that all my equipment has shown up there. Our relationship has worked out pretty well over the past two years. I'm using his extra space, just when he's not busy, so in the end his winery stays at full capacity for 10 weeks. That helps a lot if you don't have down time for employees. Just as his bins are starting to empty out and press off, my Cabernet comes in and he's able to keep the crew working.

We've also gotten to do a lot of comparison lots. We use the same grapes on a number of lots. I make some at Chaine d'Or and he makes some at Big Basin, and we get to compare slightly different methods and conditions.

I'm roasting a chicken right now, and sipping a little 2004 Copain Syrah Broken Leg Vineyard. This will probably be the last real down time for 4-5 days.

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