Fall in Wine Country

There is something magical about fall in the valley. The morning air is crisp, the harvest moon is full. Football, high school, college and, of course, the 49ers, dominate conversation. The Giants are just hitting their stride in Orange October. The leaves start to change. Hot days are now extinguished with cool nights.

And, here, fall means crush. You can smell the annual wine harvest on the air. The vineyards are buzzing from the early pre-dawn hours, and sleep becomes a wish for those in the wine industry. This year, in spite of the record setting drought, destructive August earthquake, and more recent hail storm, the yields are plentiful. In fact, the industry is elated with the results! These are the foundation that make this community thrive. But this fall, there is even more magic.

In addition to the excitement of being back to school and sporting events, fall brings about the annual return of the Yountville Days festival. This past weekend marked the return of PGA presence in Napa with the Frys.com Open at Silverado Country Club. In November, the Napa Valley Film Festival will make it’s annual debut followed shortly by Flavor! Napa Valley – a celebration of our foodie culture. Virtually every winery also has their own event celebrating the culmination of the harvest season.

Fall in Napa is a time to celebrate living the life we love here! (It is also my birthday, so the theme of celebration continues!) Whether you currently make the valley your home, are looking to make it your home, or simply love to visit, I encourage you to get out here and Live Napa!