As we drove around the valley today enjoying the bright sun and temperatures in the low 70′s, we made a few observations about common sights at this particular time of year.
First off, as we already told you, the mustard is out in full force and, as always, is quite beautiful. We certainly enjoy watching the overzealous tourists who venture deep into a field of mustard to pose for a few pictures, only to emerge with bright yellow stains all over their clothing. Call us evil if you’d like, but we see this three or four times per week.
Second, you’ll surely see crews out in the vineyards pruning the vines in order to help prepare them for the next (and rapidly approaching) growing season. Depending on the weather, you’ll notice the crews wearing everything from bright yellow rain slickers to jeans and long sleeves with large-brimmed hats to protect themselves from the sun. In just the past couple weeks we’ve observed both.
Finally, at one point today, we counted no fewer than six large plumes of thick, white smoke emerging on either side of us. No, the valley wasn’t on fire, rather it was the controlled burning that happens regularly at this time of year as old grapevines are destroyed.
So there you have it, a few random observations from the heart of the Napa Valley.