Enologist: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:50)
Wilson Ward owns the Fisher Ridge Winery and also works as a viticulturist. Most people have a preference and a higher skill set for one occupation or the other.
Enologist: Career Beginnings (00:37)
Ward became interested in winemaking while stationed in San Francisco with the Public Health Service. After he returned home, he became an amateur enologist.
Enologist: Keys for Success (00:37)
Ward recommends having imagination, competency, and perseverance. Do not try to fit vintages into a pigeon-hole.
Enologist: Education and Certification Requirements (01:36)
There are no technical requirements, but Ward recommends studying micro-biology, biochemistry, and incorporating creativity. His education in dental school helped him understand yeast fermentation, fermentation paths, and pH.
Enologist: Workplace Atmosphere (01:03)
Enologists tend to live close to their workplace. Ward says there is never a bad day at the winery; physical size varies.
Enologist: Advice for Aspiring Pros (00:40)
Have an open mind and talk to others in the profession. Sample wines to see if the field suits.
Enologist: A Day on the Job (01:11)
There is no typical day at the winery. Grapes dictate what type of wine will be made. Several things can go wrong; consider when the wine will be consumed.
Enologist: Industry Goals and Services (01:01)
Winemakers want to show a profit and get a product to the consumer. Small distributors want to generate brand loyalty.
Enologist: Industry Challenges (02:05)
There is a trend toward homogenization in the wine-making industry. Only a few purveyors cover a large section of the market. Each state has different regulations regarding alcohol.
Enologist: Looking at the Future (00:36)
Ward hopes there will be an emphasis on the uniqueness of regional wines.
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