Enologist

May 9, 2024
$29 - $34 / hour
Urgent
Application ends: June 30, 2024
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Job Description

Are you looking to be part of an industry and company that values employees, specializes in making a high quality product and appreciates a work life balance? If so, Cakebread Cellars has an open position for you. Our story begins in 1973 with a piece of land, a family passionate about wine and a community of friends and partners who helped bring Cakebread Cellars to life. Cakebread Cellars’ wines don’t just reflect the personalities of the vineyards, they also reflect the spirit of all our employees who make our wines and winery remarkable.
We are looking for a talented Enologist to our Cakebread family. Under the direction of the Assistant Winemaker, the Enologist conducts, analyzes, and oversees all laboratory operations and quality control procedures. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: collecting samples, analyzing samples, entering analytic data into Vintrace, maintaining wine analysis data documentation, monitoring and reporting analyses beyond acceptable QA/QC parameters, preparing various reports on findings and recommendations, and ensuring the lab is orderly and safe at all times.

About Us:
• We are a family owned winery with an established reputation for producing world-class wines!
• Our success is built on quality & consistency we apply equally to the people, grapes, and operations of the winery
• Our company culture believes in one heartbeat mentality, where everyone has a voice and can be seen and heard
• We believe in the good life. With 80 employees, there are enough resources to go around so you can enjoy life and the all the benefits we have to offer
• We love giving back to the community. In fact, we set aside dollars for community partnerships and resources
• We value sustainability in all aspects of our business

With us you will be able to:
• Work with extraordinarily passionate people. Top talent wants to work with top talent.
• Be an integral part of a family owned company where everyone knows your name
• Stay sharp and broaden your knowledge base, achieve new heights with a team dedicated to your professional growth
• Work for a leader that has your back
• Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

What we will ask you to do:
• Develops, implements, and maintains good laboratory procedures and practices in order to meet and support winemaking goals and objectives
• Carries out all laboratory analyses including the common analytical components of sulfur dioxide, volatile acidity, total acidity, pH, alcohol, haloanisole, halopehnols, IBMP, 4EP/4EG, smoke compounds, malic acid and residual sugar, as well as any other sensory compounds in wine which require more advanced technical analysis
• Performs data entry of all analytical results in Vintrace
• Samples barrels and tanks as directed by Assistant Winemaker and Winemaker
• Prepares fining trials and benchtop lab blends
• Sets up and evaluates cork sensory trials, prepares group soaks for haloanisole screening on the GC-MS/MS, and maintains records for purchasing cork to meet bottling schedules
• Screens all new barrels for moisture content, as well as haloanisoles and halophenols using the GC-MS/MS
• Assists Facilities with monitoring wastewater ponds and maintaining up-to-date and accurate records of data, including weekly, quarterly, and yearly reporting

Harvest Activities

• Assists in harvest activities, including tank and barrel sampling and fermentation checks (Brix and temperature)
• Monitors fermentations and malolactic fermentations and alerts Assistant Winemaker and/or Winemaker of potential issues
• Processes grape samples and analyzes juice for brix, pH, acid profiles, nitrogen compounds and IBMP
• Performs microbiological evaluation of yeast propagation system and confirms inoculum volumes for cellar work orders
• Prepares addition work orders including, but not limited to,: enzymes, yeast, nutrients, and sulfur dioxide

What you should bring to the table:
• Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology or related science degree
• Minimum of 3 years of Enologist experience in a winery lab with a minimum 2 years supervisory experience
• Working knowledge of scientific equations and ability to calculate unknown concentrations and volumes
• Working knowledge of Vintrace or other Inventory/Data Management System
• Commitment to excellence and high standards
• Versatility and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
What we will bring to the table:
• Competitive salary including profit sharing
• Employee focused, people first environment
• Full health care benefits options including medical, dental, and vision
• 401K plan with company match
• Vacation, sick, volunteer and holiday pay

Cakebread Cellars is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff. We will respect your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.