Harvest is in the air
Welcome to August!
It is that time of year where you ask yourself where your time has gone, and you are so eager to enjoy the last days of summer. Here in Napa, the grapes begin to darken in color, which reminds us that summer is almost over and harvest is about to happen in Napa Valley.
The weather is amazing, the colors are vibrant, and there is a certain buzz in the air this time of year. This energy can be compared to the anticipation that occurs when a child takes his or hers first step, the moment that the bride steps out onto the aisle, or the moment when you sit down to eat a meal and you take a breath to savor all that went into its preparation. There is the anticipation of something great-- something that has been prepared beforehand, and the fruition of that preparation is about to occur.
This sense of anticipation in Napa Valley occurs only once a year, when harvest is just days away. The workers in the winery are getting everything ready to bring the grapes onto the crushpad, while the workers in the vineyards are getting ready for early mornings hand-picking the grapes in the frosty air. This buzz is infectious, and one cannot help but get excited knowing that the fruits of their labor are about to come to fulfillment. The excitement is in the air, and it is one of the best times to visit this glorious valley. There is a fun tradition amongst wineries to raise a toast to the harvest on the first day of fruit. This often includes sparkling wine, which is my favorite part!
You can find a listing of a few winery harvest parties here: http://blog.visitnapavalley.com/2016/07/05/harvest-parties-2016/.
There are rumors floating about that say that the harvest will begin in just a few short weeks! How exciting!
The Chardonnay grapes used to make sparkling wines are often the first to be brought into the winery, followed by other white and red varietals. The next couple of months are filled with long and beautiful days, and an immense amount of labor. The last grapes to usually arrive at the winery are the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon tends to need more time to develop on the vine, and those grapes typically do not leave the vine until October. By then, the winery will be at its capacity in both wine and excitement.
Here at the Inn on Randolph, we are celebrating this exciting season with a harvest special!
Please call us or check out our specials section on the website to find out more!
With the amount of warm weather that we are getting, the fruits are well on their way to ripeness! Cheers to a wonderful 2016 Harvest here in the Napa Valley! We hope you can come and experience it with us.