I’ve put some thought into the numbering of these vineyard updates. As it is a new year, should I start over with update number one?
Well, as you can see, I decided not to; I figured that the vineyards don’t operate according to our little annual calendar.
Perhaps I will start over when the growing season begins again with bud break. We’ll see.
In the meantime, you can see in the photos below that the mustard has really grown since the last update.
By the way, one of my first visits to the Napa Valley was during the mustard season. It truly is a remarkable time of year here. Not only are the vineyards striking, the Napa Valley Mustard Festival is also going on. There are some wonderful events scheduled in January, February & March (click here for an event calendar), several of which are family-friendly. Stay tuned for future reports on those…
Also, I particularly recommend visiting this time of the year as there are markedly fewer tourists. There’s rarely any traffic (it can be brutal in summer), and it’s much easier to visit wineries (you could be the only folks in the tasting room), to get a restaurant reservation (many even offer special deals) and to book a hotel room (possibly for half the price of peak season rates).
And, while it can be rainy and chilly, it could just as likely be sunny and in the mid-60s.
So–do a little research, pack layers and come enjoy the valley like the locals do.