Change is brewing at Reserve Wines. The sun is sometime out; the necessary rains have fallen. Those around me are preparing for hard-work. The new vintage is upon us.
It's been rather hectic around here recently. Nick, our longest-serving member of staff is now gone (to coach Man City academy, of all things) and several managers have come and gone. Me and Kate have been working like mongrels: irritated and not always completely productive. Luckily hope has arrived. Our super (and I say that with the proper enthusiasm) new member of staff Ben has been a saviour, getting stuff done and proper, his Australian accent adding some extra cheer to the shop. Soon our very own charismatic Frenchman Marc will be joining us as our manager, and our authentic & newly assembled jigsaw-puzzle Team of enthusiasts will be complete. It will be a wine shop like no other.
I myself am being utilised to tame that most difficult of beasts, the internet, in order to assess its prospects. Facebook, Twitter, our (nearly) brand-spanking-new website and of course this witty blog will mean I am in constant contact with you people in Didsbury... and beyond.
The metaphorical grapes have been harvested, pressed and the juices are starting to ferment. The initial reaction upon first taste is good - this is intriguing, exciting and with excellent potential.
Only upon bottling next year will we see if the 2010 vintage here at Reserve will turn out to be classic.