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Quality Control Enologist

Three Sticks Wines

Sonoma, CA

Job Description:

Three Sticks Winery, located in Sonoma, CA, is a premier producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. The Three Sticks philosophy is to produce wines of world-class quality from exceptional vineyards in Sonoma County, including our estate properties Durell and Gap's Crown Vineyards. We are passionate about what we do and are looking for a hardworking, creative, forward-thinking, collaborative individual who wants to be part of our amazing team.

This is a temporary, full-time position through March 2019 with the potential of staying on longer through harvest 2019. The position reports directly to the Assistant Winemaker and is responsible for making sure the Three Sticks Wines realize their potential by managing quality control in the winemaking process, which includes (but is not limited to):

•  Assist in supervising and physically executing day to day cellar operations, including harvest, barrel, bottling preparation, sanitation, and cellar organization and cleanliness
•  Provide winemaking technical support to the winemaking team and production staff
•  Participate in wine tasting at all stages throughout the winemaking process and evaluate and assist in making recommendations on treatments
•  Work as a team with Winemakers on all blends to ensure wines are being adequately prepared and executed and bottling requirements are met on time
•  Contribute to the continuous improvement of winemaking processes and procedures
•  Completion and entry of work-orders, assist in data management, as well as conduct bulk and bottled wine inventories
•  Responsible for adhering to and maintaining records for state and federal regulations and compliance and submitting monthly, quarterly, and yearly data on wine
•  Responsibility for the quality and execution of work performed, review and implementation of standards of quality, safety, and operating procedures
•  Actively participates and provides input with regard to R&D, quality assurance, improved process operations, S.O.P. manuals, etc. for all Three Sticks wines
•  Collects and prepares juice and/or wine samples for analysis and tastings
•  Inventories lab supplies and chemicals
•  Monitors DO/DCO2 in wines at various stages of the process
•  Bottling line QC – both wine and packaging
•  Sensory evaluation of musts and wines
•  Supports cellar team, including performing cellar work and performs other duties as assigned by manager
•  Safety training and management of compliance issues in the laboratory and cellar environment to provide a safe workplace
•  Assist in tastings and tours of the facility as necessary

In addition to these primary duties, Three Sticks asks all its employees to be cross-trained and capable of many tasks. Training and experience will be provided as time and opportunity allow you to grow, learn, and develop new skills within these parameters.

•  Have minimum 2 years prior experience in the wine industry, with both a technical and practical understanding of wine-making operations
•  Strong laboratory, research and sensory analysis skills
•  Ability to work independently as well as be a team player with adherence to production deadlines and bottling schedules
•  Have strong organizational and record-keeping skills
•  Acute attention to detail
•  Proficient in mathematics/working with numbers
•  Good judgment with the ability to make timely and sound decision
•  Creative, flexible, and innovative team player
•  Working knowledge of data collection, data analysis, evaluation, and scientific method.
•  Ability to maintain a positive "can do" attitude
•  Ability to manage change and adapt to a quick-changing environment
•  Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
•  Must have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including MS Excel
•  Perform physically-demanding work for extended periods of time, lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs.
•  Work on ladders, catwalks and in hot, cold and wet environments
•  Forklift experience is a plus
•  Experience running winery machinery such as filters, bottling line, crusher/de-stemmer, presses and familiarity with routine maintenance of them a plus
•  Ability to work variable/extended hours including evenings and weekends as necessary (for production projects as well as winery events that require interaction with customers
•  Ability to read, write and speak English

For more information about Three Sticks, please visit us at

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Thursday, December 6th
Type of Work:
Full Time
Salary Information:

Contact Information:

Three Sticks Wines
Nicole Klock