Fall Foliage and Harvest Season
The onset of fall means many things, but if you’re anything like us, the cooler temperatures and shorter days really get you excited for brilliant foliage and a new harvest season!
Our home in Northern Vermont is undoubtedly one of the best spots to enjoy fall foliage, and it’s a privilege we don’t take for granted. In fact, fall can be one of the most pleasant times to grab your bike and go for a nice long spin, enjoying the best Fall in Vermont.
The refreshingly low temperatures will keep you comfortable and the promise of more and more orange speckled landscapes can keep you riding for hours. But don’t wander off too far. Fall also means that once the sun dips below the horizon, it’s lights out. We recommend riding with a light or two, especially for those rides that just don’t want to end.
For us it’s a perk, for vintners it’s work. Autumn means that grapes are ripening and new wines are on the verge of maturing. To keep up with nature, winemakers are working around the clock to pick their grapes at just the right time, ensuring a smooth and delicious fermentation process.
In California the busy harvest season is known as “The Crush.” We’re just about half-way through the California Crush, with Pinots and Chardonnays having already been picked and pruned. If you’re more of a Cabernets or Syrah drinker, you’ve still got a couple weeks to wait until your grapes are plucked from their vines.
Moving across the country, and then traversing the Atlantic, our friends in France are just gearing up for their busy wine season. And they’ve got, perhaps, even more of a frenzy on their hands as the newest wine of the year, le vin d’annee, will be bottled in just about eight weeks.
The historic race to distribute Beaujolais Nouveau is a lot fun for most wine drinkers, but the tradition can be a controversial one – while those with a lively palate enjoy the myriad flavors of a very young wine, other purists feel that an eight-week old wine is simply too immature to be enjoyed. Regardless of where you stand on the great wine debate, it’s difficult to resist the draw of the year’s very first wine.
What’s your favorite part of fall?