Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Napa Grape Harvest
October was grape harvesting time in Napa Valley. I did see some vineyards with grapes still on the vines, but they were the exception. The thing that struck me though was that the entire valley smells like an open bottle of red wine. I came across the Berryessa Hills and entered the valley pretty far north in Rutherford, and the fermenting grape smell filtered into my car as I descended into the valley. Getting out of the car, the wine scent is overwhelming. I was able to see grape crushing taking place at one of the wineries, and it was an open air event. With over 500,000 acres of vineyards in the county, there's a lot of wine-making going on here right now!