The annual harvest
Grape harvest season in Napa Valley is upon us. Already, the winemakers have tested the ripeness of the first few grapes. Grapes can be harvested mechanically or by hand, but they’re always sorted by hand so green, moldy or shriveled grapes can be removed. Then they’re crushed at the winery. Wine clubs sometimes tour vineyards and Napa wineries to give their members the opportunity to learn about this process from the people who do it. This will increase your appreciation of the interconnected arts of viticulture and winemaking. Since everyone in the winery is busy right now, this is a better time to schedule a tour than to hold one.
One of the best Napa wineries near St. Helena
Some of the best California wines come from Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley. Just a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, these vineyards produce world-class wines at affordable prices. An example of what this winery has to offer is the Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that comes only from the best of the vintage. The 2011 Signature Cab is an intensely dark purple and red wine with an intense aroma of dark berries, blue flowers, spices, tar and minerals. It tastes as good as it smells, with a fruity palate of berries with hints of violets, licorice and smoke. This is a rare vintage, produced in a cool year when yields were low. By ordering six bottles or more per year, you can join their wine club, giving you discounts on many of their finest wines.