It's not time management that's the issue...'s the lack of time to do everything that needs to be done. At least, that is what it feels like some days. Like many in the wine business, we hold 'real jobs' to pay the bills. That generally means that we work 8-hour days, then head over to the winery for a couple of hours to catch up with chores. I'm not complaining. We knew it would be like this. I'm just glad the sun sets around 9 in the summer. I often gets calls about tours of the 'vineyard'. I would love to show people around, but the fields really need some TLC. Unfortunately, when the laundry list includes things like: blend and bottle wine for the next weekend, finish the production area, set up the cold room, etc., mowing just doesn't rank as high. It all comes down to the annoying reality that we actually need to sleep some time. What I need to do is hire someone do some of these tasks for us, but let's face it, the margins are slim and the focus is to get the winery to pay for itself. Maybe one day, wineries will actually be allowed to keep more of their revenue they generate so that they can invest in people and time-saving equipment. ...or I'll win the lottery jackpot. Seriously, our goal is to get to a point where the winery is generating enough income so that they can concentrate on the daily tasks (and pay all the bills) in season and maybe... work for someone else in the off-season. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Louis Gaal is the winemaker (and spouse of the ever patient Claire Faguy) at Blue Gypsy Wines in Oxford Mills, Ontario Canada, 45 minutes south of Ottawa. You can find this raving lunatic using the BlueGypsyWines Facebook or Twitter account. Visit them on the web as well at It's all the more reason why we promote ourselves as much as we do. We know we have a great line of products and the more we sell, the more likely it is that we can continue making them. In the meantime, we'll get by on 5 or 6 hours of sleep and working the dream. Excuse me, I need to get back to the production area... I have a wall to finish. ;-)

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