“Grape harvest is mostly done—but fall color is just beginning in Sonoma Wine Country,” reports Sonoma County color spotter Risa Wyatt.
“The PG&E power outage that pulled the plug on nearly 800,000 customers in Northern California in early October—including the state’s esteemed wineries—didn’t stop the 2019 grape harvest. Wineries and hard-working crews resorted to Plan B, using generators and nitty-gritty hand labor to bring in the crop. The pick should finish well before Halloween,” she reports.
“Meanwhile, the vines are just coloring up for their big fall foliage flaunt,” Lisa concludes.
California’s vines peak by variety at Durell Vineyard in Sonoma County, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay vines will be peaking across the vineyards’ 610 acres of undulating hillsides.
Durell Vineyard / Three Sticks Winery, Sonoma, CA – Patchy (10-50%)