The crush moves on.
There's a second meaning to crush that I am now beginning to understand. You can't know the second meaning until you are actually in the thick of it. If you're on the outside looking in - it appears one way; get grapes, process, ferment. But when it's you doing the crushing it seems as if all things around you are also getting crushed. Every thing is smashing down and compressing. The time you thought you had to get something done evaporates. A task you figured would take 4 hours ends up eating up the whole day and creating 6 new items on the to-do list. The kids you need to feed and read to are running wild outside the winery. There are 12 messages on the machine at home and a kids' birthday party to plan (OK all you kids---take your shoes off and crush these grapes). This is just the nature of things. But, it's like we're in some kind of giant trash compactor and the weight of what lies ahead is coming head on. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm rather enthralled by it all....But crush is a time when everything revolves around the fruit - and we are merely here to serve.
Posted by Denise