It’s a gesture repeated hundreds, thousands of times every day in August, September, and October in wine country. It’s a measure of effort, an expenditure of energy, a unit of labor. It’s also something we don’t really ever think about as we pull the cork and pour the glass. But somewhere and sometime in the past of that particular bottle, a tired set of arms lifted a heavy bin of grapes and dumped them into a hopper, only to turn around and do it again. And again. And again. Just like this anonymous worker with his bin of Napa Cabernet.
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