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Lab Sampling Intern – Manteca, CA

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Delicato Vineyards Manteca - Manteca, CA


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Delicato Family Vineyards has an exciting immediate career opportunity for a General Cellar Technician in our Manteca, CA facility.

Delicato Family Vineyards is a family-owned California winery founded in 1924. Three generations of the Indelicato family have guided grapes from vineyard to bottle and into homes and dining establishments around the world. Delicato Family Vineyards is steadfastly committed to crafting and representing wines of the highest quality produced in accordance with sustainable winegrowing practices. Among the leading and fastest growing wine companies in America, the Delicato Family Vineyards’ portfolio includes Gnarly Head, Black Stallion Estate Winery, Noble Vines, Belle Ambiance, Juxtapoz, HandCraft Artisan Collection, La Merika, Brazin, Bota Box, Massimo, Irony, Domino, Sequin and Twisted.

Position Purpose

Under general supervision, the Lab/Sampling Intern performs lab analyses utilizing a variety of techniques and equipment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, wet-bench chemistry, analytical instrumentation, data entry, lab cleanliness and organization. In addition to lab responsibilities, the Intern will collect juice and wine samples from tanks and collect and record temperatures from these tanks.

Essential Duties

·        Performs chemical analysis of grapes, juice, fermenters, wine, etc...

·        Operates analytical instrumentation according to standard operating procedures.

·        Executes wine fining trials.

·        Makes standards and stock chemicals.

·        Performs data entry.

·        Monitors inventory of lab supplies.

·        Completes daily laboratory startup including calibration of certain instruments and standardization of chemicals.

·        Completes lab shutdown following the lab SOP.

·        Maintains cleanliness and organization within the lab and sampling.

·        Accurately pulls samples from tanks using zone samplers, valves, etc.

·        Collects and documents temperatures from tanks to ensure we are within regulations.

Non-Essential Duties

·        Participates in blend evaluations, tasting panels and sensory projects.

·        Maintains a strong customer service relationship with our internal customers.

*Other duties may be assigned

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience

·        Education:2 or 4 year degree in Chemistry, Enology, Food Science, Biology or other related science field.

·        Experience:6+ months previous analytical lab experience preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Strong organization skills, strong reading, writing and communication skills.  Works well independently and in a team environment.  Must be able to work rapidly and accurately, performing multiple tasks simultaneously.  Thrives well under pressure and in an exciting environment.  Proficient in desktop applications including Microsoft Office. Knowledge of Winemaking and Cellar is preferred.

Certificates and Licenses


Physical Requirements

·        See Physical Capability Requirements Section

Working Conditions

Work in the analytical lab in a temperature controlled environment.  Occasional exposure to fumes, gases or dust may occur.

Sampling responsibilities are spent outdoors in the elements. Working conditions may exceed 100 degrees Farenheit in summer.

Work Standards

·        Acts in a manner reflective of the Company culture of High Moral Standards, Innovation and Continuous Evolution, Trust in Team, Continuous Improvement, and Sustainable Relationships

·        Communicates, interacts, and works effectively with others; receptive to feedback and coaching; voices concerns in a constructive manner

·        Demonstrates commitment to safety first; communicates safety concerns; promotes a safe work environment based on established safety standards and training

·        Follows all Company policies and procedures


Management retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time.


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