As You Wish

If you read my post on my life as the bachelorette, maybe you saw this coming. I joked when I wrote it, but never in a million years thought it would actually happen. That I’d fall for a roommate and he’d fall for me and we’d live happily ever after in this three month harvest…

Everything Hurts and I’m Dying: Vintage Part II

We’re over halfway through with vintage, but since these last few weeks are going to be just as hard as the past few here’s a little check-in. Maybe you’ve guessed it? Everything hurts and I’m dying. I swear minorly injure myself at least five times a day. The bruises are out of control. My hands are…

5 Hours in Adelaide Hills

One rainy weekend back when we had weekends, we made the trip to one of South Australia’s smaller wine growing regions, Adelaide Hills. And it wasn’t half bad! Being so close to Adelaide, many city-dwellers drive up for the day to go tasting so we had to at least see what all the hype was…

I Was Exclusive with Myself for Two Years and Regret Nothing

I don’t know about you but some of my best friends are serial daters. Like just broke up with the love of their life, will start seeing someone a few weeks later kind of daters. The kind that go on a first date every night of the week, even if they could use a little…

Welcome to Winery Bootcamp: Vintage Part I

I love my job. Really, I do. Working vintage down under is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Working for Jim Barry after one vintage is like the winery version of basic training. Every day you go into it thinking you’re prepared and every day they find…

McLaren Vale McLovin’

It’s getting hot in here. And by hot, I mean 46° Celsius (114° Fahrenheit) plus humidity. So hot in fact, we only worked half days all last week and had one day cancelled entirely. By the time the weekend rolled around, Gerrit and I couldn’t take it any more so we decided to head to…

The 5 Easiest Ways to Look Smarter Buying Wine

Whether you’re recently 21 or have been buying wine for years, picking out a bottle can be stressful. If there’s not something specific you’re looking for, where do you begin? For college kids on a budget, it’s probably the cheapest bottle with the highest level of alcohol. More moderate buyers may discern between a Cabernet…

My Life as the Bachelorette

Unlike America, down under we have no idea what’s going on with The Bachelor. I have no idea who Corinne is, if anyone truly wants her to win or even the name of the actual bachelor. All I know is living with a bunch of boys right now makes me feel like the bachelorette, and…

Home is Where the Heart Is

While I’ve been keeping in touch with people back home, I started to feel a little homesick this week and realized I hadn’t actually heard anyone’s voice in almost a month. That’s what happens when you can’t always FaceTime or call. It’s not that I’m not happy where I am because believe me, I am,…

4 Wineries You Must See in Coonawarra

Since harvest this year’s running pretty late, the team was nice enough to give us a four day weekend for Australia Day. They even set us up with a ute and swags, so naturally we went as far away as possible. We caught some rays and camped at the 42 Mile Crossing just south of…

The Pre-Harvest Push

“God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Despite having grown up in Catholic school, I’m not a very religious person. However when it comes to winemaking, this prayer has never been truer. You see as…

An Aussie Life for Me

Walking out of the airport, I quickly realized two things: It was summer. I had no idea where my hostel was or what it was called. Luckily about a second later, a guy my age walked towards me and asked, “Are you Hannah?” Sure enough it was the other intern, Eric, who had picked me…