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…

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…

Why Winemaking Matters

The only reason I’m writing this (because really, who needs another reason to love wine) is because of this scene from Sideways: a movie ridiculed for its average acting and snail-pace story line. While the movie may have been rough, this passage Virginia Madsen delivers really spoke to me. But I didn’t want to just steal her…

Bienvenue a 2017

When I pictured my life at 23, it looked nothing like this. In my mind I figured I’d have a nice little apartment in Boston or San Francisco. Work in recruiting or marketing at some top firm. Go to yoga in the mornings and cook dinner with friends in the evenings. And that would be that. Instead, I just wrapped up…

The 9 Best Things About Living in Napa

lifornia Let’s face it, Napa’s lit. A small town surrounded by some of the best vineyards in the world, there are far worse things you could do than spend a few months of your life here. Sure, housing’s through the roof and there’s an endless stream of tourists to compete with on the weekends, but none of…

Cross-Country Road Trip Vibes

For those of you who don’t know, I just finished road tripping 3,134 miles from Boston to LA to start my new job in Napa Monday. It was exhausting and exhilarating  and something I think everyone deserves to experience at least once in their life. This little snap shot is just a fraction of what we experienced out…

What Boston Gave Me

As far as I’m aware, I really haven’t had that first love yet. Plenty of great likes, sure, and even a few good heartbreaks, but never that can’t live without you, you are the music in me love. Something so big, your world is forever changed because of it, and no matter what happens you know you’ll…

A Definitive Breakdown of My Most Popular Spotify Playlists

I don’t know about you, but I love Spotify. Pandora had its moment and iTunes can get the job done if you need it to, but the ability to build playlists with your friends and constantly discover new music trumps all. Nothing makes me happier than being in a great place, with great people, having great tunes…