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Response to denverbill (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:53 PM

12. We pay per ton.

Grapes are paid by the ton. We offered 25% more than last harvest and had no takers. There was nobody there. The big growers can afford to pay their people all year 'round because they spend so little post-pick. They dump the entire pick (often machine-scooped) into the hopper.

If you are drinking wine priced under $$24 (CA - $36 or more anywhere east), you are drinking earwigs, rodents, and rot.

Our post-pick costs are very high, so we cannot afford to pay people to work all year. I wish we could, but we just can't. As it is, we lose a little bit more money every year (I do not pay myself).

But we love what we do.

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