Thursday, 2 June 2011

The Glamorous Life Of An Intern: Part Two

Concannon wine glass

Over the past few weeks I have been participating in an internship with The Perishable Foods Council of Northern California, as well as the internship with Culture Magazine. With the PFC I experienced tours of many different areas of the food industry across Northern California. The sites we visited included Fiscalini Cheese in Modesto, Tony's Fine Foods in Sacramento, Nugget Markets in Sacramento, Fresh Choice in Sacramento, Taylor Farms in Tracy, Safeway Research and Development in Walnut Creek, Foster Farms in Modesto, Acosta Brokers in Pleasanton and we finished off with Concannon Winery in Livermore.

Inside Concannon Winery

We were generously given an exclusive tour of the winery, as well as a laboratory experience where we performed various experiments on wines.

Myself in the lab

We finished our day at Concannon with an Italian potluck (I baked my Thyme, Orange, Almond and Chocolate Biscotti!) and a private wine tasting with the charming Estate Manager, Jim Ryan.

The gardens and vineyards at Concannon

The dinner and wine tasting were held in the stunning Wine Library with Jim and it was a fabulous end to a very enjoyable and successful internship.

The beautiful Wine Library

Unfortunately, the end of my California experience is creeping up on me. I wish it could last forever! My internship with the PFC has not only enhanced my CV, but it has given me a great insight into the potential life as a Food Scientist in Northern California. Perhaps this is not the end of my California experience, but the beginning...?!

18 comments:

  1. Exactly what experiments did you do with the wine?!

    Duncan In Kuantan

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  2. We were measuring the acidity and residual sugars!

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  3. What a unique internship! Those are gorgeous photos!

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  4. What a fun internship! The vineyard and gardens are beautiful and so is the wine library.

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  5. Wow what an amazing internship. You are so lucky!

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  6. Sounds amazing ... an exclusive tour and winery, all in one activity! Epps, you are lucky to have landed yourself such an amazing sounding internship :)

    xx Cat brideblu

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  7. Colcannon looks so sunny and gorgeous. Glad you have been enjoying your internship.

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  8. Concannon is such a great winery. We used to go there often when we lived in Tracy. If memory serves they are the oldest winery in California. In any case what a great experience. Sure hope your time in California isn't ending too soon.

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  9. Sounds like a great thing to have done - it's great that you're making the most of your stay there.

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  10. Lucky you - the vineyard looks amazing

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  11. My internships never involved wine but coud have definitely benefited from it. What a beautiful place!

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  12. I am a UCD graduate myself. Unfortunately, I never did get to take any of the wine-related classes. Your internship sounds pretty amazing though!

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  13. Concannon sure looks beautiful! Continued success as you near the end of your internship. Glad you could make it to Yosemite~It's a jewel of a place isn't it? :)

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  14. A lovely tour! I really like Carlifornian wines. Very different from European wines.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  15. How fascinating. So pleased you are making the most of your stay away from the UK. Wish I was young again Hazel!

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  16. Girl, this is awesomeness.....

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  17. What a fantastic experience for you. Love the photos. So pretty!

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