October means Harvest

October 30, 2008 at 9:04 am (Napa Valley) (, )

One more day and October will be gone, just another month to cross off in this quickly disappearing year. 

October is my favorite month in the Napa Valley for so many reasons.  Warm days and cool nights.  Harvest parties.  The colors and smells.  And nothing is more beautiful and majestic than a big harvest moon.  If I had to describe October in the Napa Valley to someone who had never experienced it, I would say things like…

It smells like smoky bonfires, crushed leaves and fermenting grapes.
It tastes like my favorite Morrocan stew that I make at this time every year.
And its colors are butternut squash, russet and olive green.

October in the Napa Valley means harvesting the grapes.  Picking those little bunches of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon and transforming them into world-class wine.  The hours are long and the work is hard, but these people love what they do and I do to because wine is definitely my beverage of choice!  But, the best part about Harvest is the Harvest party when the wineries invite family and friends to join in the celebration of their hard work with good food, music, and of course lots of wine and beer.

Lucky me, I attended such an party last night at Venge Vineyards off of the Silverado Trail just south of Calistoga – a rustically beautiful spot.  Because it is placed up on a knoll, the wrap-around porch gives great views of the surrounding vineyards. The long tables were lit by lights strung through the olive trees, and decorated with sunflowers in Mason jars.  They served carnitas and I drank lots of Venge wine – my favorite is the White Blend and Syrah. 

Afterwards, we went over to Malcom’s house for Pumpkin Carving.

The perfect October evening!

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