All of this week, Good Morning America (GMA) is featuring a series called ‘Work With Me’ – each day one of the anchors works with a different person in a different industry from around the country. This coming Friday, GMA host Dan Harris will be working with Mark Skinner, GM and VP of von Strasser Winery.
Mark wrote in to a posting on the GMA website about his transition from corporate America to his position with this small, family owned winery, and was chosen from thousands of applicants as one of the jobs the anchors wanted to do. “With harvest coming up it would be a great opportunity to get ya’ll up here and work with me. Picking grapes in 100 degree heat makes standing on a jetty waiting for a hurricane seem like a picnic (Sam). I can just picture the 4 of you standing on a 20ft ladder pumping over 1000 gallons of fermenting Cabernet, which smells amazing until you get a nose full of CO2. Not summarizing an episode of dirty jobs, because there is a tremendous amount of love and pride we try to put into every bottle.”
During the filming, we hosted Dan and the crew and helped them get their hands dirty – they joined Mark in picking the winery’s final lot of grapes from the Sori Bricco vineyard, as well as with various cellar activities such as pump-overs, punch-downs, and pressing. Rudy got into the action and joined Dan and Mark for a private blending session in the caves during which the group created a unique GMA blend.
The filming took place at the winery on November 3rd, 4th and 5th, and will be aired this coming Friday November 12th. Mark has also been invited to work with Dan on set, and he’ll be appearing live in the NYC Studios of GMA to help Dan with his job as an anchor.
So grab your morning coffee, set your Tivos and DVRs and join Mark and von Strasser Winery on GMA on Friday morning!