So the big news I wanted to share was that Big Ag interviewed for, and got, a position here locally as a vineyard manager. Finally he will be working and living in the same zip code! When we moved here in 2012 he decided he wanted to keep his job, which was a 65 mile drive from our home. For the most part, it worked out well, except on Fridays when the commute home was bogged down by the many tourists coming in to roost on the Central Coast for the weekend, and then it could end up being a two-hour haul stuck in back of a long line of recreational vehicles and people not used to driving through the curvy hillsides.
At the time we moved, we knew it was a sacrifice and one which he cheerfully made, in fact the commute was not why he left his other job. But it did occasionally make life more difficult for him, such as if he wanted to schedule a dentist appointment on the same day as he was working, or if we had an event to attend here. But more than anything, he wanted a new challenge, and I think growing grapes is going to provide that, as well as put him in a place with better air, better land and more water.
So starting next month his commute will probably probably 10 miles, tops. There are several vineyards he will be managing, one of which we can even see from the house.
The thing I am looking forward to the most is having him around more -- to occasionally be able to meet up for lunch or for him to stop in at the winery during the day just to say hello. And of course with losing the 12 hours per week he was driving to and from here and work, he'll be around a lot more anyway, both in the mornings and evenings.
And now we can both say we work in the wine business; he in growing, and me in serving and education!
In other wine news, the other night we watched the documentary, "A Year In Burgundy," and absolutely loved it. I highly recommend it, served with a nice Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.