© Courtesy of Les Crayères.
Les Crayères hotel in Champagne.
Harvest season started in August for much of the wine world, but Reuters reports
that vintners in Burgundy
and other French regions are currently divided over when to haul in the grapes. While waiting increases ripeness (which could result in better wine), it also raises the risk that storms could damage the bounty. Something easier to agree on: Harvest time, which can run into October in some climates, is a great chance to tour wine country. In addition to temperate weather, regions bustle with celebratory events like Bordeaux's annual festival in Saint-Emilion, taking place this weekend. Napa offers a string of wine-release parties (like those at Duckhorn
and Beaulieu Vineyards
this Friday and Saturday), grape-stomping competitions (like Castello di Amorosa
's on September 24) and harvest dinners (Pine Ridge Vineyards
will hold one on October 8). To help you plan, F&W presents guides
on where to eat, sleep and, of course, drink in top wine regions.
WINE REGION GUIDES
With picks from Master Sommelier and Champagne fanatic Laura Maniec
With picks from El Bulli alumnus Lucas Paya
With picks from Addison sommelier Lucas Paya
With picks from chef Michael Chiarello and winemaker Jamey Whetstone