HARVEST IN WINE COUNTRY... isn't actually over in the blink of an eye, or a tick-tock of the clock, or whatever your preferred "time is fleeting" saying happens to be. The summer-into-fall period can last a good long while, as thousands upon thousands of grapes are plucked and destemmed and the whole crushing process kicks in, juicily. Vineyards, beyond staying busy, with a roster of must-dos to get done, often like to host visitors during this time. Those visitors include casual, wine-loving lookie-loos, as well as burgeoning oenophiles who want to eye wine-makery up close, and even, just maybe, fingers crossed, have a few tastes after all the learning is done. This all makes September a prime wine time around the Golden State, for sure. It is so prime, in fact, that the ninth month on the calendar has been designated "California Wine Month," which means that numerous winehouses will be staging special events, some educational, some solely sippable, during the upcoming 2016 harvest.
BE READY TO EXPLORE... "nearly 100 great wine events" around the state, from festivals to tastings. Deaver Vineyards has a special Labor Day happening, while the Calistoga Wine Experience takes place on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Pioneer Park. Lodi is on the cab-tastic action with its mid-month Grape Festival, while a Galante Library Wine Tasting features "a special selection" and backgrounds on what you're sipping. More events (and more and more) will pop up as September draws closer, so start dreaming about how you'll spend the busiest, bustliest, and bubbliest time of year around California's many wine countries.