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Weekender: Four Last-Minute Wine Harvest Events

Jenna Scatena | October 25, 2012 | Story Wine and Spirits Travel Weekend Escapes

Experience harvest from the inside, out.

Get an inside look at B Cellars’ harvest in action at their new harvest tour and tasting session. Taste this vintage’s ripe Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Cabernet Franc grapes directly from the vine, then take a peek at the "crush pad" and watch wine grapes being sorted. Sample directly from the bladder press or wine drawn from the fermentation tank. Finish the tour with a tasting of B Cellars’ flagship blends on the picturesque patio. $35, by appointment. (Or hold out for their Harvest Celebration, November 17.) Tickets available here.

Get spooky with your libations.

At Ladera Vineyards fall Twilight Tours, Halloween meets harvest. Go on a lantern-led tour of the property’s historic “ghost winery,” (with a glass of sauvignon blanc in hand, of course). Following the tour is a tasting of Ladera’s limited production wines paired with an assortment of cheese and chocolates. $75, Friday, by appointment. Find out more here.

Take the roads less traveled.

Avoid Highway 29 gridlock and pick up a one- or three-day ticket to tour wineries in Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, and the Russian River Valley. It grants you access to over 80 wineries, where you can go barrel tasting, sample limited production wines, and take behind-the-scenes tours. $25-$50, ongoing. Get your ticket here.

Drop in on an educational crash course.

Join Sonoma winemaker Lou Leal and Wine & Spirits Magazine writer/photographer Marvin Collins for a discussion about the wineries and wine made on the lands of Jack London State Historic Park and in the surrounding Glen Ellen area. Then join them on a tour of Beauty Ranch to explore the old winery buildings and vineyards. Class concludes with a tasting of Kenwood Vineyard wines. $50, Saturday. Get tickets here.

Need a place to crash?

The Harvest Inn in St. Helena is offering a spirited Cabernet Season package, which includes two nights in a room with a fireplace (and in some cases, a hot tub) and a passport to six nearby wineries. Top that with a welcome bottle of, guess what, cab and a box of truffles. Click here for details.

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