"Take care of cellar rats" Sonoma Local Custom Tip by jakelorenzo
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Even in a laid back town like Sonoma, winery owners can be a bit haughty. Winemakers sometimes revel in their star status, but cellar rats, the men and women who actually make the wine, can be trusted and are a constant source of entertainment.
Whenever you encounter a cellar rat (identified by their rubber boots or stained hands during the harvest season) it is customary to offer to buy them a beer. (It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine.)
You will often be immediately welcomed into a closed society and hear hair-raising tales of winemaking misadventures and get the poop on all the local winemakers.
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