So we’re a little late this time around, we missed the Fall equinox by a couple days, but hey, you know what they say: better late than never. As with each changing season we’ve put together a quick list of the top five things we love about Fall in the Napa Valley. Here goesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
5) The return of the blackbirds. There’s just something so comforting in seeing the massive groups of blackbirds flying in unison over the vineyards, although we’re sure the birds are not such a welcomed sight for vineyard owners
4) The kick-off of loads of harvest-related activities at local wineries. Pretty much every winery in the valley does something special for visitors during ‘the crush’ season. Whether it’s a barbeque with the winemaker, walking tours of the vineyards or a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process in action, now is a great time to see a little something extra when you go winetasting (the only drawback is you’ll likely be there with large, large crowds)
3) The best of both world’s weather wise. Sunny warm days, typically in the 70′s and 80′s, give way to crisp, cool nights with temperatures often dipping into the low 50s or even 40s
2) The rapidly changing colors of the grapevines. Fall is a gorgeous time of year in the valley, as the vineyards transform from a sea of bright green to bright yellows, deep oranges and dark crimson colors
1) Being able to walk out the front door and, upon taking a nice deep breath through the nose, being able to enjoy the smell of fermenting grapes…
If you have favorite Fall activities or observations related to the Napa Valley, share them with us in the comments!