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WINEMAKER: Does It All, From Monitoring The Grapes, To Analyzing Chemicals, To Bottling Product

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Kristin is the winemaker at Honig Winery, and loves that her job is different every day, and every season. She didn't realize that this was a career option until she met a college classmate who was studying it, so she switched from biochemistry.

Degree: Viticulture
Job Title: Winemaker
Employer: Honig Winery

Job Summary: Agricultural and Food Scientist

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Agricultural and food scientists work to ensure agricultural productivity and food safety. They typically do the following: conduct research and experiments concerning animal nutrition and field crops; develop ways to improve the quantity and quality of field crops and farm animals; create new food products and develop new and better ways to process, package, and deliver them; study the composition of soil as it relates to plant growth; communicate research findings to the scientific community, food producers, and the public.

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m='11830'>things</span> <span m='12260'>every</span> <span m='12500'>day.</span> <span m='12810'>My</span> <span m='12990'>responsibility</span> <span m='14070'>is</span> <span m='14550'>from</span> <span m='15620'>vineyard</span> <span m='16270'>all</span> <span m='16400'>the</span> <span m='16490'>way--</span> <span m='17250'>that's</span> <span m='17480'>where</span> <span m='17570'>the</span> <span m='17670'>grapes</span> <span m='18120'>are--</span> <span m='18440'>all</span> <span m='18610'>the</span> <span m='18710'>way</span> <span m='18950'>to</span> <span m='19100'>getting</span> <span m='19390'>the</span> <span m='19450'>wine in the</span> <span m='19920'>bottle.</span> <span m='20850'>So</span> <span m='21100'>there's</span> <span m='21310'>a</span> <span m='21370'>lot</span> <span m='21560'>of</span> <span m='21650'>seasonality</span> <span m='22410'>to</span> <span m='22540'>my</span> <span m='22670'>work.</span> <span m='23330'>There's</span> <span m='24190'>a</span> <span m='24290'>lot</span> <span m='24490'>of</span> <span m='24600'>outdoor</span> <span m='25050'>time.</span> <span m='26120'>And</span> <span m='26240'>it</span> <span m='26380'>varies</span> <span m='26750'>a</span> <span m='26810'>lot.</span> <span m='27140'>So</span> <span m='27320'>it's</span> <span m='27460'>a</span> <span m='27540'>really</span> <span m='27830'>great</span> <span m='28200'>job</span> <span m='28780'>for</span> <span m='28940'>me.</span> <span m='29270'>Why</span> <span m='29660'>I chose</span> <span m='29880'>it</span> <span m='30140'>was</span> <span m='30890'>because</span> <span m='31480'>I</span> <span m='31630'>can</span> <span m='31780'>do</span> <span m='31930'>different</span> <span m='32250'>things</span> <span m='32650'>every</span> <span m='33050'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='33960'>Because</span> <span m='34360'>my</span> <span m='34460'>job</span> <span m='34630'>is</span> <span m='34760'>seasonal,</span> <span m='35210'>it</span> <span m='35530'>varies</span> <span m='35640'>a</span> <span m='35700'>lot.</span> <span m='36120'>So</span> <span m='36390'>in the</span> <span m='36740'>fall,</span> <span m='37130'>I'll be</span> <span m='37390'>spending</span> <span m='37680'>a</span> <span m='37740'>lot</span> <span m='37910'>of</span> <span m='37990'>time</span> <span m='38240'>in</span> <span m='38310'>the</span> <span m='38390'>vineyards,</span> <span m='38870'>checking</span> <span m='39200'>grapes,</span> <span m='39560'>deciding</span> <span m='40070'>when</span> <span m='40240'>to</span> <span m='40330'>pick,</span> <span m='42010'>monitoring</span> <span m='42560'>fermentations,</span> <span m='43260'>which</span> <span m='43480'>involves</span> <span m='43990'>tasting</span> <span m='45720'>and</span> <span m='46080'>doing</span> <span m='46340'>a</span> <span m='46410'>lot</span> <span m='46640'>of</span> <span m='46740'>things</span> <span m='47000'>in</span> <span m='47130'>the</span> <span m='47180'>lab.</span> <span m='49160'>And</span> <span m='49330'>that's</span> <span m='49710'>chemistry.</span> </p><p><span m='51330'>During</span> <span m='51950'>the</span> <span m='52050'>winter</span> <span m='52480'>time,</span> <span m='53110'>we are</span> <span m='53610'>figuring</span> <span m='54170'>out</span> <span m='54400'>blends.</span> <span m='54990'>We're</span> <span m='55110'>also</span> <span m='55420'>doing</span> <span m='55770'>a</span> <span m='55840'>lot</span> <span m='56140'>of</span> <span m='56240'>chemistry</span> <span m='56590'>and</span> <span m='56940'>lab</span> <span m='57280'>work</span> <span m='57680'>and</span> <span m='57880'>tasting.</span> <span m='59430'>And</span> <span m='59630'>then</span> <span m='60260'>as</span> <span m='60480'>we</span> <span m='60580'>get</span> <span m='60790'>into</span> <span m='61040'>spring,</span> <span m='61440'>we'll</span> <span m='61590'>be</span> <span m='61720'>bottling.</span> <span m='62370'>So</span> <span m='62670'>that</span> <span m='63180'>also</span> <span m='63570'>is</span> <span m='63960'>probably</span> <span m='65239'>one</span> <span m='65379'>of</span> <span m='65440'>the</span> <span m='65489'>more</span> <span m='65640'>challenging</span> <span m='66960'>times</span> <span m='67340'>of</span> <span m='67450'>the</span> <span m='67550'>year</span> <span m='67770'>because</span> <span m='68090'>that's</span> <span m='68700'>when</span> <span m='68860'>it</span> <span m='68980'>gets</span> <span m='69280'>fairly</span> <span m='69670'>routine.</span> <span m='71430'>Again,</span> <span m='71860'>a</span> <span m='71950'>lot</span> <span m='72150'>of</span> <span m='72280'>lab</span> <span m='72570'>work.</span> <span m='73080'>A</span> <span m='73430'>lot</span> <span m='73630'>of</span> <span m='73720'>tasting.</span> <span m='74200'>A</span> <span m='74250'>lot</span> <span m='74460'>of</span> <span m='74560'>analysis.</span> </p><p><span m='77510'>It's</span> <span m='77720'>always</span> <span m='78120'>changing,</span> <span m='78580'>and every</span> <span m='78940'>season</span> <span m='79280'>is</span> <span m='79450'>different.</span> <span m='79890'>I've</span> <span m='80830'>been</span> <span m='81050'>working</span> <span m='81350'>in</span> <span m='81500'>the</span> <span m='81580'>wine</span> <span m='81770'>industry</span> <span m='82160'>for</span> <span m='82410'>over</span> <span m='82820'>30</span> <span m='83070'>years</span> <span m='83410'>now</span> <span m='83780'>and</span> <span m='84420'>haven't</span> <span m='84700'>gotten</span> <span m='84860'>bored</span> <span m='85010'>yet.</span> <span m='85390'>I'm</span> <span m='85720'>still</span> <span m='85940'>really</span> <span m='86220'>inspired</span> <span m='86680'>by</span> <span m='86920'>it.</span> <span m='89350'>It's</span> <span m='89630'>a</span> <span m='89700'>great</span> <span m='90280'>job</span> <span m='90610'>if</span> <span m='90730'>you'd</span> <span m='90910'>like</span> <span m='91110'>to</span> <span m='91210'>do</span> <span m='91410'>a</span> <span m='91460'>lot</span> <span m='91650'>of</span> <span m='91710'>different</span> <span m='92020'>things</span> <span m='92350'>and be</span> <span m='92560'>involved</span> <span m='93010'>in</span> <span m='93100'>agriculture.</span> <span m='93750'>And</span> <span m='94220'>you</span> <span m='94340'>get</span> <span m='94490'>to</span> <span m='94570'>make</span> <span m='94760'>something</span> <span m='95150'>that</span> <span m='95270'>people</span> <span m='95550'>enjoy.</span> </p><p><span m='96520'>How</span> <span m='96790'>I</span> <span m='96920'>got</span> <span m='97350'>to</span> <span m='97480'>this</span> <span m='97730'>place</span> <span m='98710'>was</span> <span m='98990'>not</span> <span m='99430'>direct.</span> <span m='100090'>I</span> <span m='100470'>went</span> <span m='100830'>to</span> <span m='101120'>UC</span> <span m='101500'>Davis</span> <span m='101890'>because</span> <span m='102250'>I</span> <span m='102380'>happened</span> <span m='102700'>to</span> <span m='102760'>get</span> <span m='102950'>into</span> <span m='103200'>school</span> <span m='103500'>there.</span> <span m='104110'>I</span> <span m='104210'>didn't</span> <span m='104510'>know</span> <span m='104720'>winemaking</span> <span m='105020'>was</span> <span m='105320'>a</span> <span m='105410'>job</span> <span m='106115'>when</span> <span m='106380'>I went</span> <span m='106650'>there.</span> <span m='106920'>I</span> <span m='107200'>thought</span> <span m='107470'>maybe</span> <span m='107750'>I</span> <span m='108110'>major</span> <span m='108460'>in</span> <span m='108550'>psychology.</span> <span m='109860'>I</span> <span m='109940'>took</span> <span m='110560'>one</span> <span m='111250'>psychology</span> <span m='111830'>class</span> <span m='112430'>and</span> <span m='112750'>decided</span> <span m='113130'>that</span> <span m='113290'>was</span> <span m='113440'>not</span> <span m='113620'>my</span> <span m='113750'>major.</span> <span m='115040'>And</span> <span m='115660'>from</span> <span m='115900'>there,</span> <span m='117340'>switched</span> <span m='117640'>into</span> <span m='117850'>biochemistry.</span> <span m='118460'>I</span> <span m='118560'>really</span> <span m='118970'>do</span> <span m='119200'>enjoy</span> <span m='119480'>chemistry,</span> <span m='120250'>but</span> <span m='120720'>biochem,</span> <span m='121900'>at</span> <span m='122070'>that</span> <span m='122390'>time,</span> <span m='122850'>was</span> <span m='123160'>very</span> <span m='123420'>much</span> <span m='123660'>lab-oriented.</span> <span m='124950'>And</span> <span m='125280'>I</span> <span m='125400'>tried</span> <span m='125660'>on</span> <span m='125770'>a</span> <span m='125830'>white</span> <span m='125970'>lab coat,</span> <span m='126280'>and</span> <span m='126540'>it</span> <span m='126810'>really</span> <span m='127150'>didn't</span> <span m='127420'>look</span> <span m='127600'>good.</span> </p><p><span m='130320'>And</span> <span m='130660'>I</span> <span m='130800'>was</span> <span m='131060'>kind</span> <span m='131260'>of</span> <span m='131310'>lost</span> <span m='131670'>for</span> <span m='131780'>a</span> <span m='131840'>while,</span> <span m='132440'>which</span> <span m='132750'>I</span> <span m='132800'>think</span> <span m='133040'>happens</span> <span m='133340'>for</span> <span m='133640'>a</span> <span m='133710'>lot</span> <span m='133910'>of</span> <span m='133970'>people</span> <span m='134340'>in</span> <span m='134500'>school.</span> <span m='135237'>And</span> <span m='136370'>I actually</span> <span m='136620'>ran</span> <span m='136840'>into</span> <span m='138260'>a</span> <span m='138500'>classmate</span> <span m='139790'>who had</span> <span m='139930'>just</span> <span m='140120'>switched</span> <span m='140460'>into</span> <span m='140820'>winemaking,</span> <span m='141600'>and</span> <span m='141680'>it</span> <span m='141890'>sort</span> <span m='142080'>of</span> <span m='142140'>got</span> <span m='142330'>me</span> <span m='142440'>curious</span> <span m='142880'>about</span> <span m='143200'>it.</span> <span m='144280'>Went</span> <span m='144510'>and</span> <span m='144550'>talked</span> <span m='144780'>to</span> <span m='144860'>some</span> <span m='145040'>professors</span> <span m='145820'>and</span> <span m='146060'>talked</span> <span m='146290'>about</span> <span m='146520'>what</span> <span m='147100'>life</span> <span m='147400'>would</span> <span m='147510'>be</span> <span m='147660'>like</span> <span m='147880'>making</span> <span m='148220'>wine.</span> <span m='148520'>And</span> <span m='148650'>it</span> <span m='148770'>really</span> <span m='149020'>appealed to</span> <span m='149340'>me.</span> <span m='149610'>So I went</span> <span m='150052'>with that.</span> </p><p><span m='152910'>Once</span> <span m='153130'>I got out</span> <span m='153250'>of school</span> <span m='153640'>and went</span> <span m='154130'>to</span> <span m='154270'>work,</span> <span m='154510'>it</span> <span m='154600'>wasn't</span> <span m='154970'>always</span> <span m='155460'>easy.</span> <span m='155940'>There</span> <span m='156230'>was</span> <span m='156480'>a</span> <span m='156570'>lot</span> <span m='156920'>of</span> <span m='157370'>cleaning</span> <span m='157820'>tanks</span> <span m='158450'>and</span> <span m='161050'>doing</span> <span m='161360'>some</span> <span m='161580'>work</span> <span m='161830'>that</span> <span m='162000'>wasn't</span> <span m='162540'>really</span> <span m='162960'>that</span> <span m='163210'>exciting.</span> <span m='163950'>But</span> <span m='164600'>I</span> <span m='164840'>stuck</span> <span m='165150'>with</span> <span m='165330'>it,</span> <span m='165630'>and</span> <span m='166000'>I get to</span> <span m='166360'>have</span> <span m='166610'>a</span> <span m='166730'>really</span> <span m='166990'>exciting</span> <span m='167400'>job</span> <span m='167690'>now.</span> <span m='168470'>So</span> <span m='169450'>it's</span> <span m='169705'>been</span> <span m='169960'>worth</span> <span m='170200'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='170860'>As</span> <span m='170930'>far</span> <span m='171140'>as</span> <span m='171270'>what</span> <span m='171450'>I</span> <span m='171510'>wish</span> <span m='171760'>I</span> <span m='171820'>knew</span> <span m='172140'>when</span> <span m='172330'>I</span> <span m='172420'>was</span> <span m='172630'>younger,</span> <span m='173300'>I</span> <span m='173600'>have</span> <span m='173950'>a</span> <span m='174000'>daughter</span> <span m='175150'>who</span> <span m='175400'>is</span> <span m='175610'>college-aged</span> <span m='176450'>now.</span> <span m='176780'>And</span> <span m='177110'>it's</span> <span m='177270'>been</span> <span m='177480'>really</span> <span m='177940'>fun</span> <span m='178280'>watching</span> <span m='178720'>her</span> <span m='179630'>go</span> <span m='179790'>through</span> <span m='179960'>high</span> <span m='180170'>school</span> <span m='180680'>and</span> <span m='180810'>get</span> <span m='181020'>into</span> <span m='181240'>college</span> <span m='181770'>and</span> <span m='181900'>sort</span> <span m='182110'>of</span> <span m='182230'>explore</span> <span m='182900'>what</span> <span m='183130'>she</span> <span m='183280'>wants</span> <span m='183590'>to</span> <span m='183710'>do.</span> <span m='184520'>I</span> <span m='184920'>think</span> <span m='185520'>I</span> <span m='185740'>was</span> <span m='186090'>very</span> <span m='186690'>risk</span> <span m='187140'>adverse</span> <span m='187770'>when</span> <span m='187940'>I</span> <span m='188030'>was</span> <span m='188280'>in</span> <span m='188340'>high</span> <span m='188550'>school</span> <span m='189030'>and</span> <span m='189370'>early</span> <span m='189690'>college.</span> <span m='190220'>I</span> <span m='190290'>was</span> <span m='190470'>afraid</span> <span m='191050'>to</span> <span m='191150'>take</span> <span m='191450'>chances,</span> <span m='192140'>afraid</span> <span m='192530'>to</span> <span m='192680'>explore.</span> </p><p><span m='193910'>And</span> <span m='194120'>I</span> <span m='194360'>think,</span> <span m='194710'>at</span> <span m='195060'>this</span> <span m='195360'>time</span> <span m='195590'>of</span> <span m='195730'>your</span> <span m='195930'>life,</span> <span m='197640'>it's</span> <span m='197860'>really</span> <span m='198240'>important</span> <span m='198740'>to</span> <span m='198880'>take</span> <span m='199180'>chances.</span> <span m='201160'>Don't</span> <span m='201370'>be</span> <span m='201510'>afraid</span> <span m='201790'>to</span> <span m='201870'>take</span> <span m='202150'>a</span> <span m='202220'>year</span> <span m='202470'>off</span> <span m='202850'>and</span> <span m='203230'>travel</span> <span m='205080'>if</span> <span m='205260'>you</span> <span m='205420'>can</span> <span m='205640'>do</span> <span m='205880'>that.</span> <span m='206320'>Don't</span> <span m='206610'>be</span> <span m='206800'>afraid</span> <span m='207210'>to</span> <span m='207340'>try</span> <span m='207640'>something</span> <span m='208130'>that</span> <span m='208280'>you're</span> <span m='208440'>just</span> <span m='208690'>curious</span> <span m='209190'>about,</span> <span m='210030'>because</span> <span m='210460'>you</span> <span m='210580'>never</span> <span m='210860'>know</span> <span m='211090'>where</span> <span m='211290'>that</span> <span m='211530'>path</span> <span m='211880'>might</span> <span m='212200'>lead.</span> <span m='212620'>And</span> <span m='213320'>I</span> <span m='213490'>think</span> <span m='213780'>all</span> <span m='214020'>of</span> <span m='214220'>that</span> <span m='214570'>experience</span> <span m='215350'>builds</span> <span m='215730'>into</span> <span m='216640'>who</span> <span m='217060'>you</span> <span m='217330'>are</span> <span m='217640'>and what</span> <span m='218096'>you can become</span> <span m='219008'>in your</span> <span m='219464'>life.</span> <span m='219920'>So</span> <span m='220830'>take</span> <span m='221020'>a</span> <span m='221050'>chance.</span> <span m='221500'>Explore.</span> <span m='222080'>Be</span> <span m='222220'>excited.</span> <span m='222660'>Be</span> <span m='222800'>curious.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265702,"video_id":"2700704893001","name":"71759765","duration":224277,"thumbnail_url":null}});