September is known as California’s wine month. Just before the fall harvest, crisp air puts the final touch on California’s vineyards. Regional events are at their finest in the fall. Tasting tours are happening from central to south. Where is your focus? Narrow your search to Napa Valley. The wine selection in the Valley offers unique varietals and blends. The terroir unique to the San Francisco area breaths life into Napa Valley wines. Expand your palette, meet new varietals, in addition of making new friendships. Planning a visit to California’s wine country? Let us refine your tour while you relax.
The fall is beautiful by the Pacific coast. Cabernet Sauvignon thrives in Napa Valley temperatures. Late summer, early fall temperatures rarely top 80 degrees Fahrenheit. California’s grape harvest commences as the summer sun wanes. September brings a cool edge to the air, not to mention it is the perfect time to experience the harvest.
Grapes used in sparkling wines are harvested first. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are area favorites. The Napa Valley climate imparts a unique acidity to these vineyards. Preserving the acidity is paramount in making a bright, sparkling wine. Schramsberg Vineyards of Calistoga dates back to 1862. It is arguably the oldest winehouse for sparkling wines in the area. If you happen upon the estate vineyards while there, have a taste of a Cabernet. The mountainside red vintages are exceptional. Sonoma and Napa counties are cooler regions of the Napa Valley and are part of the Los Carneros AVA.
Events to Please Your Palette
California’s Central Coast has beautiful views and wine tasting to go along with them. The summer concert series held at Wente Vineyards in Livermore offers to suit your musical tastes as well as please your palette. September’s line-up features artists Josh Groban and The Doobie Brothers. In addition enjoy a wine tasting experience while you’re at the vineyards.
Calistoga’s Castello Di Amorosa is hosting the Harvest Celebration & Stomp. If you’re near the castle vineyard in September, join a team and compete in the Largest Grape Stomping Competition! Winemaking has never been more authentic. Revel in the feeling of grapes bursting under your feet.
Don’t miss V. Sattui’s 35th Annual Harvest Ball. Book early, as this popular event sells out quickly. Black tie required, this event is a formal excuse to look your best. Not to mention exquisite Italian themed culinary experiences paired with the best of wines will complement your evening. Wander the vineyards at twilight, then dance to musical selections of all generations and genres.
Allow us to cater a picnic lunch for you. Our local area experts will provide the perfect picnic lunch location for you and your loved ones to enjoy our custom culinary experience complemented by fine wine.
Let us do the driving during your stay with our extensive fleet. Don’t miss on California’s Wine Month! Call us for more information.