We were pressing must and filling barrels like crazed weasels the past week, before I headed out to pour at the California Wine Experience. Long days and longer nights have made us all a bit wacky. One night, Kimberly came to the conclusion that François Frères barrels are just too damn hard to stack.
When placed on metal racks, barrels sit or stack on one of the metal bands that wrap around them. The problem with François Frères barrels is that the bands are placed on them so that getting them aligned and then stacked on is very difficult. It requires a precision beyond anything NASA demands. So when it’s late, and you’ve been on the forklift all day long, the last thing you want to see is another set of François Frères barrels to stack.
Kimberly provided some Dr. Seuss-inspired rhymes to voice her displeasure, and we started adding more and more verses … it helped pass the time. Here’s a sample:
There’s something that I must share.
I do not like stacking François Frères.
Makes me want to pull out my hair,
The thought of more François Frères.
The extra hoops they do wear
Make them weighty beyond compare.
A million pounds must be their tare,
Those pesky, heavy François Frères.
Other barrels stack so well;
Only François Frères seems spawned in hell.
What is that over there?
Oh my god, it’s another pair.
Sometimes it’s just not fair.
Why must I stack damn François Frères?
In our new winery we won’t care,
Because then we’ll have room to spare.
We won’t have to lift into the air
Those f’ing barrels from François Frères.
Alas our wine wouldn’t be the same
Without the wood that bears that name,
The one that causes such despair,
The barrels made by François Frères.
I know, it sounds like we’ve lost it. Probably an accurate assessment. And it’s not that we don’t like François Frères barrels. We love what they do for the wine. They’re just too freaking hard to work with. Just another late night at the Prison.
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