Ok. You have all year long to discover California wine country and its incredible diversity of wines. However, September is kind of unique, as it is harvest time; the time for winemakers and vine growers to finally pick up the fruits of a long and laborious year of work. A significant step into making the precious juices for which you are craving.
California wine is serious. The state counts for 81% of US wine production and is the fourth largest producer of wines in the world. There are 4,800 vintners and 5,900 growers in California. The Golden State has 138 Viticultural Areas stretching over 800 miles from the edge of Oregon to the Mexican border. It has been 250 years since California has entered the wine game. The Spanish missionaries are recorded to be the first to plant vines in California. A couple of decades later commercial viticulture started. Then, the California Gold Rush, responsible for bringing more and more people to California, was also principally responsible for increasing thirst of the state. A combination of demographics and geographic features lead to the establishment of the existing viticultural areas: the proximity to a market (large cities) and the proper land and favorable climate. Think Napa and Sonoma or the Bay area.
Nowadays, California wineries generate annually $114 billion and are responsible for the creation of 325,000 jobs in California and 786,000 jobs around the country (number collected fro the Wine Institute).
So if it is merely to enjoy outstanding wines or to honor California wines’ history or both, you should, without a doubt, celebrate this 14th edition of the California Wine Month highlighting 250 years of wine growing history, achievements, and innovations.
We know you now say to yourself: “Ok, I am in, but where to go, what’s going on to celebrate?” No worries we found the best arrangements for you. The Wine Institute, the organization representing 1,000 California producers, shared a couple of events you can go to celebrate beneath this article. To access the complete list of events and partners, you can also visit www.discovercaliforniawines.com/californiawinemonth
Have a great time and share your experiences with us!
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Sept. 1: Taste of Sonoma, Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center.
Sept. 7-8: Winesong Weekend, various locations throughout Mendocino County.
Sept. 8: Calistoga Wine Experience, Pioneer Park, Calistoga, Napa Valley.
Sept. 15: Lake County Wine Auction, Boatique Winery, Kelseyville.
Sept. 22: Zinfandel: Stories from Napa Valley, Culinary Institute of America at Copia, Napa.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY & SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
Sept. 2: Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration, Wineries throughout the region.
Sept. 8-9: Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Capitola Village in Santa Cruz County.
Sept. 8-30: Fall Passport Month, Wineries of Santa Clara Valley.
Sept. 22: Eat Drink Los Gatos, Downtown district, North Santa Cruz Ave.
Sept. 29: Livermore Valley Wine Auction, Wente Vineyards.
CENTRAL COAST: MONTEREY TO SANTA BARBARA
Sept. 1: Highway 46 West Wineries Harvest Block Party, Dark Star Cellars in Paso Robles.
Sept. 9: Taste of the Town Santa Barbara, Riviera Park Gardens.
Sept. 28: Sip & Saunter, San Luis Obispo.
Sept. 13-16: Lodi Grape Festival, Lodi Event Center.
Sept. 21: Madera Wine Trail's California Wine Month Celebration, Papagni Winery, Madera.
Sept. 1-30: Find the Gold in Calaveras Wine Country: A Treasure Hunt, Participating wineries.
Sept. 7-9: Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival, Northstar Resort, Truckee.
Sept. 8: WINEderlust River Wine Festival, Henningsen Lotus Park on the American River, El Dorado County.
Sept. 15: Sample the Sierra Farm-to-Fork Festival, Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe.
Sept. 15: Barbera Festival, Terra d’Oro Wines, Amador County.
Aug. 31-Sept. 2: The Taste, Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood.
Sept. 8: VINO-Palooza Wine & Music Festival, Marina Del Rey Hotel, Los Angeles.
Sept. 29: Temecula Valley CRUSH, Monte De Oro Winery, Temecula