The Lab Enologist position focuses on wine quality control and is a vital member of the winemaking team. Overall duties include providing laboratory analysis of grapes, must, and wine; maintaining wine lab equipment; assisting with the winemaking record keeping and work load scheduling; maintaining adequate inventory of lab supplies; participating in wine tastings; assisting with the annual grape harvest/crush, and providing additional support as needed.
Essential Functions: • Perform or out-source detailed chemical analysis during the winemaking process: berry sampling, crushing, fermentation, aging, and pre-bottling stages. This can include analysis for free and total sulfur dioxide, total acidity, pH, volatile acidity, ethanol, enzymatic analysis, and others as needed.
• Complete data entry of lot-by-lot tracking and bottled wine analysis into relevant software systems (AMS) in a timely manner, providing results of all analysis to winemaking team. Establish and maintain a computerized daily lab manual.
• Perform periodic tastings of samples for quality control; identifying flaws or problems and/or identifying superior quality lots, laying groundwork for blending, tracking fermentation process.
• Maintain close contact with production/cellar staff, tracking winemaking operations for purposes of planning, scheduling, and performing analysis and sampling.
• Operate/troubleshoot laboratory equipment: arrange for repairs, maintenance, and/or replacement when necessary.
• Maintain clean, organized environment within the lab. Prepare and standardize routine chemicals for use in tasks listed above.
• Participate in scheduling work orders and maintaining activities calendar.
• Prepare samples as requested for brokers, bulk sales, private label or other sales channels as needed.
• Possess intermediate computer skills which can include e-mail, spreadsheet, basic database activity, and comfort with standard winemaker software programs.
Education, Experience, Certificates, Licenses:
Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a 4-year college or university; or 12-24 months related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Current, valid Driver’s License, insurable driving record, and proof of current automobile insurance required.
Moderate physical activity performing occasional somewhat strenuous activities, including standing, walking, climbing, reaching, and carrying. Manual dexterity sufficient to reach, handle items, and work with delicate equipment. Requires lifting and moving objects up to 40 lbs. in weight.
Schedule and Travel Requirements:
Variable schedule: Primarily a set schedule but may require weekends, periodic evenings, and/or periodic or seasonal overtime.
Competitive hourly and full benefits offered.
***Benefits: medical starts first of the month following your hire date, dental, vision, FSA/HSA, Life/Disability/AD&D, 401k, vacation, sick, holiday, commuter benefits and generous employee discounts.
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