A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Martha Clara Vineyards’s assistant wine maker, Robin Epperson. At the time she was in a Tweet Contest with the Penguin from Martha Clara to see who would have more followers. Well, Robin lost. Because she lost, she had to sing I’m A Little Tea Pot at their Wine & Wigs Party. She did sing, and now that the competition is over, and she has taken the blue wig off. It is now time to get serious and pay attention to the growing season. When I sat down with her, I had some questions for her and here are her responses.
Note: There will be one more piece from Robin. A beautifully written note about why she loves Gewürztraminer. Thanks Robin for your time!
1) When or what was the moment you said to yourself, “I want to be a winemaker!”?
I was stuck behind a tractor pulling a load of grapes while I was driving to work (late) in the Marlborough Valley, NZ. I knew the winemaker would understand, it was my wineries, Framingham’s fruit being towed. I was on the other side of the planet, It was a beautiful morning, and everyone in the valley was totally buzzing with excitement about harvest. At that moment I realized I was using my Bio-chem degree, working in an industry so old no-one knows when and where it started, and I could travel the world, and meet some characters while doing it. When the floors are washed and the bottling line put away there is something we made that we can share with others. This is a lifestyle choice more than it’s a job to me.
LI isn’t at the point when the guy you’re buying a meat pie from notices your red hands and asks how vintage is going but, we’ll get there…Hopefully soon because, I miss a good meat pie…and it would also be great if everyone in the area was as excited about harvest as we are. Everyday I think to myself, this is my job and smile.
2) Desert Island question – Unlimited case of what wine?
Mixed producers and varietals of Alsatian Whites. Russell would give us a case of wine for Christmas while I worked at PWG (Premium Wine Group), he knew I favored aromatic whites and would slip in some pleasant surprises from Alsace, I REALLY miss that.
3) What is your favorite varietal?
Well that would be Gewürztraminer. Haven’t we had this discussion???
4) What varietal would you like to work with?
There isn’t really one, part of what I like about this job is the variety(s)…ahahaha, I crack myself up! Aromatic whites are amazing to work with while they are fermenting and changing everyday. OK Gewurtz, again!
5) If you are not drinking wine, what’s in your glass?
Beer, lately Six Points Brews, whatever is on tap at Riverhead Beverage-I am so happy they installed a tap system after only a few months of me harassing the staff!
6) Favorite Martha Clara Wine?
7) Favorite Local Wine?
I went to work for MCV (Martha Clara Vineyards) because I love the wines and believe in where the company going and what it is doing to introduce wines to EVERYONE not just the snobs. That said, outside of MCV my favorite wine is Corey Creeks 2007 GEWURTZ-Go Kelly!
8) Your last meal would consist of what wine and food?