Wine Harvest is in Full Swing!

Don't be afraid to get a little sticky!

Lend a foot to the wine harvest!

Autumn Wine Festivals in California

The 2014 Wine Harvest is underway! Beginning in early August and ending in late November, the time arrives for harvesting ultra premium wine grapes. This is always an exciting time for the wine enthusiast for one can experience up close, just how the process works and to see how the quality control may differ with each vintner, -who, as you know, are all competing for your available wine budget! For the pickers, tractor and truck drivers, winemakers, lab assistants and cellar rats it is long, hard days usually resulting in little sleep and little in the way of socializing. We call the spouses and significant others of winery workers “Harvest Widows/Widowers.” Unfortunately for them, but happily for us, the harvest season is also a fine time for a wine festival! Autumn in California features the best weather for wine tasting and stashing cases in your vehicle without boiling your wine. Events may include a winemaker dinner, special reserve/barrel tasting, blending sessions and discounts in the tasting room. Some even have grape stomping, and as Lucy showed us, you have to try it at least once! Many wineries will team up with local farms and restaurants so you can unleash the foodie within. Of course music should alway be part of a celebration; from relaxed acoustic soloists to reggae, country or blues dance grooves, there is a wide range of options to enjoy. Make your reservation asap, for these events book up quickly as does the lodging/dining options. -Pro tip: if you get a chance to chat with one of these overworked souls, Don’t judge them on their faraway look and mumbling replies, they are sacrificing their sleep for your appreciative taste-buds! So thank them and raise a glass to the 2014 Wine Harvest with new insights that will only deepen your love of wine.

Paso Robles Garagiste Wine Festival November 6 – 9
  California Garagistes

Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend October 17 – 19  Paso Harvest Wine Weekend

Amador: The Big Crush October, 4th – October, 5th  The Big Crush

Santa Barbara: Celebration of Harvest Festival October 11 Celebration of Harvest

Sonoma County Harvest Fair OCTOBER 3rd – 5th  Harvest Fair

Mendocino Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival Nov 7 – 16  Taste Mendocino

Temecula Valley Wine Country Harvest Celebration November 1 – 2  Harvest Celebration

September 3, 2014 |

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