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Submission #1176

Harvest Lab Intern - Westside Paso Robles
Seasonal F/T
Tooth & Nail Winery
Paso Robles, CA
Founded by grower Rob Murray, Tooth & Nail Wine Company followed a path of true grit and determination to find success in Paso, a tough place to grow grapes and make wine. Rather than battle nature, we bottled it–fighting tooth and nail to create wines we could be proud of. Wines that embrace the elements in the pursuit of excellence. Wines for people who simply love wine.

Today we grow four unique brands of wine. Each is distinctively devised to avoid the dominance of the winemaker’s hand and express the native energy of this region. Led by winemaker Jeremy Leffert, our process accentuates the character of our product instead of obstructing it. The results are wines that are as adaptive and exciting as the journey we take in crafting them.
Job Summary: Under the direction of the Associate Winemaker, the Lab
Technician is responsible for all lab work done at the winery.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
• Running enzymatic analysis on an automated Y15 analyzer
• Ensure daily instrument calibration and functionality on all lab
• Monitor chemical inventory and lab supplies
• Wet benchtop analysis of Brix, pH, TA, free SO2
• Duties during bottling:
o Measurement of sterility of bottling line equipment prior to
o Measuring chemistry of bottling tanks prior to bottling.
▪ Dissolve Oxygen, Dissolved CO2, Free SO2
o Measuring chemistry of bottled wine each hour.
▪ Dissolved Oxygen, Free SO2, Fill height.
• Gathering samples daily
• Entering analysis data into Vintrace
• Setting up benchtop tails and winemaker tastings

Duties during harvest:
• Processing vineyard grape samples
• Tracking Brix and Temperature
• Running Juice panel analysis
• Performing inoculations and nutrient additions
• Helping in cellar activities as time allows
• Maintaining a clean/tidy workspace
• Collecting samples
• Other tasks as requested

Knowledge, Skill and Experience:
• Excellent computer skills including proficiency with MS Excel, Word and
• Top notch communication skills.
• Team player with strong communication skills, both verbal and written,
and a positive attitude
• Ability to perform basic calculations, conversions, proportions,
• General understanding of fermentation and wine chemistry
• Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment
• Self-starter
• Attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills

Physical Requirements/Work Environment
• Work indoors and outdoors
• Work in warm and cold climates
• Must be able to carry up to 50 lbs.
• Must be able to work in a lab and cellar setting.
Shanna Vanderstoel, Associate Winemaker

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