Early autumn is a magical time in Napa. Vineyards are harvesting their crops and preparing to crush the fruit. Both “harvest” and “crush” celebrations are plentiful this time of year in the valley. Temperatures have been cooler than average this summer, which is leading to a later harvest. Late harvest could mean excellent wine production for the year, as the flavors in the fruit have more time to mature. The only risk is that early autumn rains could bring the threat of increased mildew and crop rot. Determining when to harvest is a delicate science that we’ll trust to the professionals.
Pictured: Vineyards in the Oak Knoll District, early Autumn, with fog rolling into the valley in the distance.