Napa in Autumn
Autumn has always been one of my favorite times of year. Living in Napa, this is no exception. Fall is crush season, when grapes are harvested, crushed, and barreled to begin the wine making process. The Valley is in full swing right now. Late in the evening you may see equipment and people in the vineyards preparing for harvest. In early morning, sometimes you see them wrapping up the picking. During the morning commute trucks are moving grapes. Wineries are holding special harvest events with new releases and food.
Best of all the leaves on the vines are just starting to turn colors. By the beginning of November most tourists are gone and activities wind down, but the color show is on. Row after row of yellows, golds, oranges, and reds carpet the valley. Sometimes a gradient of warm colors within one vineyard blanket the twisting vines. Temperatures are often cooler – nice, cold crisp air encourages the wear of comfy sweaters, and the eating of warming stews, soups, and meats at local restaurants.
This is my first autumn living in Napa, so I will really get to experience the full autumn season and discover what else waits around the corner.