Thanks to the unusually cool summer we’ve had out here in Northern California, the grape harvest is running about three weeks behind schedule. That’s good news for those of you who haven’t made it out to Napa for a harvest season weekend getaway or outing; there’s still plenty of time to be part of the excitement of the crush.
At wineries all over the valley, celebrations and festive events are happening. Franciscan Estate is having a harvest party this weekend, Raymond Vineyards is roasting a pig for their harvest dinner Saturday October 16th, Elizabeth Spencer is having their harvest party October 23rd, and release parties are happening all over the valley.
There are way too many events to list here, but the Napa Valley Vintners Association keeps a running tally of all the crush celebrations, vineyard days, new release parties, and other harvest-related events.
Or, just head on out to Napa and stop by a few of your favorite wineries; there’s almost certain to be something interesting to see as the grape trucks roll in and out. A great way to get started: with our small winery tour of Napa, which lists some of the lesser-known wineries, where you’re sure to be greeted enthusiastically and given a behind-the-scenes view of what really goes on at harvest time.