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Harvest, Stomp, and Sip: 9 Ways to Celebrate California Wine Month

Harvest, Stomp, and Sip: 9 Ways to Celebrate California Wine Month

Celebrate California Wine Month all over the state

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There’s rarely a reason not to enjoy wine, but come September, sipping feels ever more imperative. Not only does the mild weather lend itself to both crisp summery whites and robust winter reds, but harvest season means the grapes (and festivals) abound. During California Wine Month, wineries and regions all over the state offer many reasons to enjoy the local bounty, savor beautiful days, and celebrate one of California’s favorite crops: the grape. There are more than 70 events happening throughout the month, but here are ten to put on your calendar.

1. Capitola Art and Wine Festival

Combining beach and bounty, the Capitola Art and Wine Festival (September 12–13) is two days of family fun. Parents can enjoy local artwork and beverages from 23 wineries while youngsters can get creative at the kiddie art area. Everyone will love the live music, dance and performing arts groups, including Santa Cruz Pipes & Drums and the Surfing Magician.

2. Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival

Back to school has never been so fun as it is at Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival (September 11–13), where learning means everything from mixology workshops and painting classes (with refreshments) to cheesemaking lessons. Enjoy the fresh mountain air on a progressive picnic hike or a wine-and-beer walk through the village, or just eat your face off at luncheons, dinners, and cooking demos.

3. Harvest Ball at V. Sattui Winery

The Harvest Ball at V. Sattui Winery (September 12) will celebrate the winery’s 130th anniversary with exquisite cuisine and the finest V. Sattui wines. Dinnertime will feature the musical stylings of Abbacadabra, an ABBA tribute band, while things will go even more vintage after dinner thanks to Big City Revue, a Motown/disco/retro band. The weekend also features a Saturday morning vineyard tour with winemaker Brooks Painter, and Sunday “morning-after” mimosas and Italian pastries.

4. Hahn Estates Bluegrass & BBQ Fall Release Party

Not feeling fancy? Kick up your heels at Hahn Estates Bluegrass & BBQ Fall Release Party (September 12), where lawn games, classic barbecue, and impeccable vintages reign on a sunny Salinas Valley day.

5. Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast (September 24–27) turns California’s heartland into a veritable cornucopia of syrahs, ciders, sauces, and charcuterie. This four-day foodie extravaganza features seminars and workshops, one-of-a-kind dinners, celebrity chefs, and adventures around San Luis Obispo County.

6. Taste of the Town Santa Barbara

Down on the California Riviera, Taste of the Town Santa Barbara (September 13) will celebrate all kinds of art. In addition to tastings from 80 Central Coast wineries and restaurants, the evening will offer live entertainment and a silent auction, plus demos from Bacara Resort & Spa’s new Executive Chef, Vincent Lesage.

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7 must-do California wine celebrations this fall

St. Helena’s Harvest Inn has partnered with Grgich Hills Estate on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting. (Photo courtesy Paige Green)

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are shown on the vine at the Grgich Hills winery. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976.

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

A peek inside the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Built in 1905 as the home of artist Christian Jorgensen and his family, the historic La Playa Carmel has welcomed guests since 1922. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel is the coastal village's grand dame, a historic property that blends 1905 glamour and 21st century comfort. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for sunset and wine-tasting cruises on Friday nights. (Mary Orlin/Staff)

Carmel Valley's Bernardus Lodge and Spa makes a great home base for wine country exploration. (Bernardus Lodge)

Bartender Gabe Doughty-Wood mixes up a craft cocktail at Lucia Restaurant & Bar in the Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley.

The historic Fruit House tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards inSaratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

Inside the rustic tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards in Saratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device
California’s grape harvest is in full swing — and so are the wine-centric celebrations. It’s high time to head to points north, south and east to experience the full glory. From sails to rails, oysters and stomps, here are just a few ways to immerse yourself in Northern California’s wine scene this season.

1 Santa Cruz sail and sip

The Santa Cruz coastline is a lovely thing, but nothing beats the view from the water. A sailing excursion aboard the 70-foot Chardonnay II is a great idea at any time of year, but on Friday evenings from April through October, the yacht company’s special charters ($63) offer a chance to sip wine with the person who made it. You’ll hear the winemaker talking about the process from grape to glass on the open sea. The Sept. 28 charter, for example, features wines from Santa Cruz’s MJA Vineyards, while the Oct. 26 season closer showcases Felton’s Hallcrest Vineyards.

Details: Chardonnay Sailing Charters, 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz www.chardonnay.com

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for wine-tasting cruises on Friday evenings. (Bay Area News Group File) For more food and drink coverage
follow us on Flipboard.

2 Saratoga vineyard walk

If you prefer your adventures on dry land, you can stroll the vineyards with a winemaker, as well. Saratoga’s Cooper Garrod Vineyards offers a Walk with the Winemaker on the first Saturday of each month, where guests join one of the Cooper winemakers — either Bill or Ben Cooper— for a walking tour of the vineyards, some storytelling and a tasting. The tour is free, tastings are $15. Bring a picnic to enjoy afterward.

Details: Cooper Garrod Vineyard, 22645 Garrod Road, Saratoga www.cgv.com/tours#firstsat

3 Napa rails and sips

The Napa Valley Wine Train and the Napa River Inn have partnered up on an “I Left My Car in San Francisco” hotel package that sends you up to Napa sans car. The package, which starts at $1,114 for two people, includes two nights lodging plus ferry transportation from San Francisco to Vallejo and a ride to the train station. There, you’ll board the iconic red train for an upscale lunch as you roll through Wine Country. Fall is a perfect time to plan this escape, mixing a dash of autumnal color into your multi-transit adventure.

Details: Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 Mckinstry St., Napa, www.winetrain.com Napa River Inn. 500 Main St., Napa www.napariverinn.com

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Bay Area News Group File) Napa Valley Wine Train

4 Harvest boot camp

Napa’s 50-year-old Trefethen Family Vineyards offers an immersive way to learn about winemaking. Its annual Harvest Boot Camp ($150-$175) is a six-hour affair that begins with begins with an in-depth vineyard tour and grape picking, before moving into the winery to learn about winemaking and do a bit of barrel tasting. An al fresco lunch under an ancient walnut tree rounds out the educational — and delicious — festivities. This year’s boot camp will be Sept. 29.

Details: Trefethen Family Vineyards, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa www.trefethen.com

5 Grgich grape stomp

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the title of best white wine in the world at the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976. A year later, he and his partners, brother and sister Austin Hills and Mary Lee Strebl of the Hills Bros. Coffee family, opened Grgich Hills Estate. Head for the winery this harvest season — through Oct. 22 — and you can join one of Grgich’s favorite Croatian traditions. The winery has partnered with St. Helena’s Harvest Inn on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting — at Grgich Hills Estate, before heading back to the inn for the night. The tab ($359 and up) includes lodging and a breakfast buffet.

Details: Harvest Inn, 1 Main St., St. Helena www.harvestinn.com Grgich Hills Estate, 1829 Highway 29, Rutherford www.grgich.com

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich chronicled his wine journey in a memoir “A Glass Full of Miracles (Courtesy Rocco Ceselin) Courtesy Rocco Ceselin

6 Bernardus festivities

Nestled near the famous Santa Lucia Mountain AVA, the 28-acre Bernardus Lodge is a great home base for exploring the varied Monterey County wine regions — plus a stay here gives you free tastings at Bernardus Winery. Time it right, though, and you can also enjoy wine tasting, a vinyasa yoga class and a chakra activation seminar at the property’s Autumn Equinox at the Spa on Sept. 22 (book a 50-minute spa treatment to attend). And on Oct. 6, Bernardus winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea will host a Barbeque, Grape Stomp & Oyster Shuck ($85), which includes wine tasting and grape stomping, plus, live music and a family-style barbecue at Ingrid’s Vineyard.

Details: Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley http://www.bernardus.com. Bernardus Winery’s tasting room is open daily at 5 W. Carmel Valley Road www.bernarduslodge.com.

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7 must-do California wine celebrations this fall

St. Helena’s Harvest Inn has partnered with Grgich Hills Estate on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting. (Photo courtesy Paige Green)

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are shown on the vine at the Grgich Hills winery. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976.

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

A peek inside the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Built in 1905 as the home of artist Christian Jorgensen and his family, the historic La Playa Carmel has welcomed guests since 1922. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel is the coastal village's grand dame, a historic property that blends 1905 glamour and 21st century comfort. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for sunset and wine-tasting cruises on Friday nights. (Mary Orlin/Staff)

Carmel Valley's Bernardus Lodge and Spa makes a great home base for wine country exploration. (Bernardus Lodge)

Bartender Gabe Doughty-Wood mixes up a craft cocktail at Lucia Restaurant & Bar in the Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley.

The historic Fruit House tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards inSaratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

Inside the rustic tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards in Saratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device
California’s grape harvest is in full swing — and so are the wine-centric celebrations. It’s high time to head to points north, south and east to experience the full glory. From sails to rails, oysters and stomps, here are just a few ways to immerse yourself in Northern California’s wine scene this season.

1 Santa Cruz sail and sip

The Santa Cruz coastline is a lovely thing, but nothing beats the view from the water. A sailing excursion aboard the 70-foot Chardonnay II is a great idea at any time of year, but on Friday evenings from April through October, the yacht company’s special charters ($63) offer a chance to sip wine with the person who made it. You’ll hear the winemaker talking about the process from grape to glass on the open sea. The Sept. 28 charter, for example, features wines from Santa Cruz’s MJA Vineyards, while the Oct. 26 season closer showcases Felton’s Hallcrest Vineyards.

Details: Chardonnay Sailing Charters, 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz www.chardonnay.com

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for wine-tasting cruises on Friday evenings. (Bay Area News Group File) For more food and drink coverage
follow us on Flipboard.

2 Saratoga vineyard walk

If you prefer your adventures on dry land, you can stroll the vineyards with a winemaker, as well. Saratoga’s Cooper Garrod Vineyards offers a Walk with the Winemaker on the first Saturday of each month, where guests join one of the Cooper winemakers — either Bill or Ben Cooper— for a walking tour of the vineyards, some storytelling and a tasting. The tour is free, tastings are $15. Bring a picnic to enjoy afterward.

Details: Cooper Garrod Vineyard, 22645 Garrod Road, Saratoga www.cgv.com/tours#firstsat

3 Napa rails and sips

The Napa Valley Wine Train and the Napa River Inn have partnered up on an “I Left My Car in San Francisco” hotel package that sends you up to Napa sans car. The package, which starts at $1,114 for two people, includes two nights lodging plus ferry transportation from San Francisco to Vallejo and a ride to the train station. There, you’ll board the iconic red train for an upscale lunch as you roll through Wine Country. Fall is a perfect time to plan this escape, mixing a dash of autumnal color into your multi-transit adventure.

Details: Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 Mckinstry St., Napa, www.winetrain.com Napa River Inn. 500 Main St., Napa www.napariverinn.com

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Bay Area News Group File) Napa Valley Wine Train

4 Harvest boot camp

Napa’s 50-year-old Trefethen Family Vineyards offers an immersive way to learn about winemaking. Its annual Harvest Boot Camp ($150-$175) is a six-hour affair that begins with begins with an in-depth vineyard tour and grape picking, before moving into the winery to learn about winemaking and do a bit of barrel tasting. An al fresco lunch under an ancient walnut tree rounds out the educational — and delicious — festivities. This year’s boot camp will be Sept. 29.

Details: Trefethen Family Vineyards, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa www.trefethen.com

5 Grgich grape stomp

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the title of best white wine in the world at the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976. A year later, he and his partners, brother and sister Austin Hills and Mary Lee Strebl of the Hills Bros. Coffee family, opened Grgich Hills Estate. Head for the winery this harvest season — through Oct. 22 — and you can join one of Grgich’s favorite Croatian traditions. The winery has partnered with St. Helena’s Harvest Inn on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting — at Grgich Hills Estate, before heading back to the inn for the night. The tab ($359 and up) includes lodging and a breakfast buffet.

Details: Harvest Inn, 1 Main St., St. Helena www.harvestinn.com Grgich Hills Estate, 1829 Highway 29, Rutherford www.grgich.com

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich chronicled his wine journey in a memoir “A Glass Full of Miracles (Courtesy Rocco Ceselin) Courtesy Rocco Ceselin

6 Bernardus festivities

Nestled near the famous Santa Lucia Mountain AVA, the 28-acre Bernardus Lodge is a great home base for exploring the varied Monterey County wine regions — plus a stay here gives you free tastings at Bernardus Winery. Time it right, though, and you can also enjoy wine tasting, a vinyasa yoga class and a chakra activation seminar at the property’s Autumn Equinox at the Spa on Sept. 22 (book a 50-minute spa treatment to attend). And on Oct. 6, Bernardus winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea will host a Barbeque, Grape Stomp & Oyster Shuck ($85), which includes wine tasting and grape stomping, plus, live music and a family-style barbecue at Ingrid’s Vineyard.

Details: Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley http://www.bernardus.com. Bernardus Winery’s tasting room is open daily at 5 W. Carmel Valley Road www.bernarduslodge.com.

7 Carmel Bikes and sips


7 must-do California wine celebrations this fall

St. Helena’s Harvest Inn has partnered with Grgich Hills Estate on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting. (Photo courtesy Paige Green)

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are shown on the vine at the Grgich Hills winery. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976.

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

A peek inside the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Built in 1905 as the home of artist Christian Jorgensen and his family, the historic La Playa Carmel has welcomed guests since 1922. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel is the coastal village's grand dame, a historic property that blends 1905 glamour and 21st century comfort. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for sunset and wine-tasting cruises on Friday nights. (Mary Orlin/Staff)

Carmel Valley's Bernardus Lodge and Spa makes a great home base for wine country exploration. (Bernardus Lodge)

Bartender Gabe Doughty-Wood mixes up a craft cocktail at Lucia Restaurant & Bar in the Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley.

The historic Fruit House tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards inSaratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

Inside the rustic tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards in Saratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device
California’s grape harvest is in full swing — and so are the wine-centric celebrations. It’s high time to head to points north, south and east to experience the full glory. From sails to rails, oysters and stomps, here are just a few ways to immerse yourself in Northern California’s wine scene this season.

1 Santa Cruz sail and sip

The Santa Cruz coastline is a lovely thing, but nothing beats the view from the water. A sailing excursion aboard the 70-foot Chardonnay II is a great idea at any time of year, but on Friday evenings from April through October, the yacht company’s special charters ($63) offer a chance to sip wine with the person who made it. You’ll hear the winemaker talking about the process from grape to glass on the open sea. The Sept. 28 charter, for example, features wines from Santa Cruz’s MJA Vineyards, while the Oct. 26 season closer showcases Felton’s Hallcrest Vineyards.

Details: Chardonnay Sailing Charters, 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz www.chardonnay.com

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for wine-tasting cruises on Friday evenings. (Bay Area News Group File) For more food and drink coverage
follow us on Flipboard.

2 Saratoga vineyard walk

If you prefer your adventures on dry land, you can stroll the vineyards with a winemaker, as well. Saratoga’s Cooper Garrod Vineyards offers a Walk with the Winemaker on the first Saturday of each month, where guests join one of the Cooper winemakers — either Bill or Ben Cooper— for a walking tour of the vineyards, some storytelling and a tasting. The tour is free, tastings are $15. Bring a picnic to enjoy afterward.

Details: Cooper Garrod Vineyard, 22645 Garrod Road, Saratoga www.cgv.com/tours#firstsat

3 Napa rails and sips

The Napa Valley Wine Train and the Napa River Inn have partnered up on an “I Left My Car in San Francisco” hotel package that sends you up to Napa sans car. The package, which starts at $1,114 for two people, includes two nights lodging plus ferry transportation from San Francisco to Vallejo and a ride to the train station. There, you’ll board the iconic red train for an upscale lunch as you roll through Wine Country. Fall is a perfect time to plan this escape, mixing a dash of autumnal color into your multi-transit adventure.

Details: Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 Mckinstry St., Napa, www.winetrain.com Napa River Inn. 500 Main St., Napa www.napariverinn.com

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Bay Area News Group File) Napa Valley Wine Train

4 Harvest boot camp

Napa’s 50-year-old Trefethen Family Vineyards offers an immersive way to learn about winemaking. Its annual Harvest Boot Camp ($150-$175) is a six-hour affair that begins with begins with an in-depth vineyard tour and grape picking, before moving into the winery to learn about winemaking and do a bit of barrel tasting. An al fresco lunch under an ancient walnut tree rounds out the educational — and delicious — festivities. This year’s boot camp will be Sept. 29.

Details: Trefethen Family Vineyards, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa www.trefethen.com

5 Grgich grape stomp

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the title of best white wine in the world at the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976. A year later, he and his partners, brother and sister Austin Hills and Mary Lee Strebl of the Hills Bros. Coffee family, opened Grgich Hills Estate. Head for the winery this harvest season — through Oct. 22 — and you can join one of Grgich’s favorite Croatian traditions. The winery has partnered with St. Helena’s Harvest Inn on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting — at Grgich Hills Estate, before heading back to the inn for the night. The tab ($359 and up) includes lodging and a breakfast buffet.

Details: Harvest Inn, 1 Main St., St. Helena www.harvestinn.com Grgich Hills Estate, 1829 Highway 29, Rutherford www.grgich.com

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich chronicled his wine journey in a memoir “A Glass Full of Miracles (Courtesy Rocco Ceselin) Courtesy Rocco Ceselin

6 Bernardus festivities

Nestled near the famous Santa Lucia Mountain AVA, the 28-acre Bernardus Lodge is a great home base for exploring the varied Monterey County wine regions — plus a stay here gives you free tastings at Bernardus Winery. Time it right, though, and you can also enjoy wine tasting, a vinyasa yoga class and a chakra activation seminar at the property’s Autumn Equinox at the Spa on Sept. 22 (book a 50-minute spa treatment to attend). And on Oct. 6, Bernardus winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea will host a Barbeque, Grape Stomp & Oyster Shuck ($85), which includes wine tasting and grape stomping, plus, live music and a family-style barbecue at Ingrid’s Vineyard.

Details: Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley http://www.bernardus.com. Bernardus Winery’s tasting room is open daily at 5 W. Carmel Valley Road www.bernarduslodge.com.

7 Carmel Bikes and sips


7 must-do California wine celebrations this fall

St. Helena’s Harvest Inn has partnered with Grgich Hills Estate on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting. (Photo courtesy Paige Green)

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are shown on the vine at the Grgich Hills winery. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976.

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

A peek inside the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Built in 1905 as the home of artist Christian Jorgensen and his family, the historic La Playa Carmel has welcomed guests since 1922. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel is the coastal village's grand dame, a historic property that blends 1905 glamour and 21st century comfort. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for sunset and wine-tasting cruises on Friday nights. (Mary Orlin/Staff)

Carmel Valley's Bernardus Lodge and Spa makes a great home base for wine country exploration. (Bernardus Lodge)

Bartender Gabe Doughty-Wood mixes up a craft cocktail at Lucia Restaurant & Bar in the Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley.

The historic Fruit House tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards inSaratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

Inside the rustic tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards in Saratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device
California’s grape harvest is in full swing — and so are the wine-centric celebrations. It’s high time to head to points north, south and east to experience the full glory. From sails to rails, oysters and stomps, here are just a few ways to immerse yourself in Northern California’s wine scene this season.

1 Santa Cruz sail and sip

The Santa Cruz coastline is a lovely thing, but nothing beats the view from the water. A sailing excursion aboard the 70-foot Chardonnay II is a great idea at any time of year, but on Friday evenings from April through October, the yacht company’s special charters ($63) offer a chance to sip wine with the person who made it. You’ll hear the winemaker talking about the process from grape to glass on the open sea. The Sept. 28 charter, for example, features wines from Santa Cruz’s MJA Vineyards, while the Oct. 26 season closer showcases Felton’s Hallcrest Vineyards.

Details: Chardonnay Sailing Charters, 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz www.chardonnay.com

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for wine-tasting cruises on Friday evenings. (Bay Area News Group File) For more food and drink coverage
follow us on Flipboard.

2 Saratoga vineyard walk

If you prefer your adventures on dry land, you can stroll the vineyards with a winemaker, as well. Saratoga’s Cooper Garrod Vineyards offers a Walk with the Winemaker on the first Saturday of each month, where guests join one of the Cooper winemakers — either Bill or Ben Cooper— for a walking tour of the vineyards, some storytelling and a tasting. The tour is free, tastings are $15. Bring a picnic to enjoy afterward.

Details: Cooper Garrod Vineyard, 22645 Garrod Road, Saratoga www.cgv.com/tours#firstsat

3 Napa rails and sips

The Napa Valley Wine Train and the Napa River Inn have partnered up on an “I Left My Car in San Francisco” hotel package that sends you up to Napa sans car. The package, which starts at $1,114 for two people, includes two nights lodging plus ferry transportation from San Francisco to Vallejo and a ride to the train station. There, you’ll board the iconic red train for an upscale lunch as you roll through Wine Country. Fall is a perfect time to plan this escape, mixing a dash of autumnal color into your multi-transit adventure.

Details: Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 Mckinstry St., Napa, www.winetrain.com Napa River Inn. 500 Main St., Napa www.napariverinn.com

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Bay Area News Group File) Napa Valley Wine Train

4 Harvest boot camp

Napa’s 50-year-old Trefethen Family Vineyards offers an immersive way to learn about winemaking. Its annual Harvest Boot Camp ($150-$175) is a six-hour affair that begins with begins with an in-depth vineyard tour and grape picking, before moving into the winery to learn about winemaking and do a bit of barrel tasting. An al fresco lunch under an ancient walnut tree rounds out the educational — and delicious — festivities. This year’s boot camp will be Sept. 29.

Details: Trefethen Family Vineyards, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa www.trefethen.com

5 Grgich grape stomp

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the title of best white wine in the world at the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976. A year later, he and his partners, brother and sister Austin Hills and Mary Lee Strebl of the Hills Bros. Coffee family, opened Grgich Hills Estate. Head for the winery this harvest season — through Oct. 22 — and you can join one of Grgich’s favorite Croatian traditions. The winery has partnered with St. Helena’s Harvest Inn on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting — at Grgich Hills Estate, before heading back to the inn for the night. The tab ($359 and up) includes lodging and a breakfast buffet.

Details: Harvest Inn, 1 Main St., St. Helena www.harvestinn.com Grgich Hills Estate, 1829 Highway 29, Rutherford www.grgich.com

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich chronicled his wine journey in a memoir “A Glass Full of Miracles (Courtesy Rocco Ceselin) Courtesy Rocco Ceselin

6 Bernardus festivities

Nestled near the famous Santa Lucia Mountain AVA, the 28-acre Bernardus Lodge is a great home base for exploring the varied Monterey County wine regions — plus a stay here gives you free tastings at Bernardus Winery. Time it right, though, and you can also enjoy wine tasting, a vinyasa yoga class and a chakra activation seminar at the property’s Autumn Equinox at the Spa on Sept. 22 (book a 50-minute spa treatment to attend). And on Oct. 6, Bernardus winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea will host a Barbeque, Grape Stomp & Oyster Shuck ($85), which includes wine tasting and grape stomping, plus, live music and a family-style barbecue at Ingrid’s Vineyard.

Details: Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley http://www.bernardus.com. Bernardus Winery’s tasting room is open daily at 5 W. Carmel Valley Road www.bernarduslodge.com.

7 Carmel Bikes and sips


7 must-do California wine celebrations this fall

St. Helena’s Harvest Inn has partnered with Grgich Hills Estate on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting. (Photo courtesy Paige Green)

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are shown on the vine at the Grgich Hills winery. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976.

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

A peek inside the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Built in 1905 as the home of artist Christian Jorgensen and his family, the historic La Playa Carmel has welcomed guests since 1922. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel is the coastal village's grand dame, a historic property that blends 1905 glamour and 21st century comfort. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for sunset and wine-tasting cruises on Friday nights. (Mary Orlin/Staff)

Carmel Valley's Bernardus Lodge and Spa makes a great home base for wine country exploration. (Bernardus Lodge)

Bartender Gabe Doughty-Wood mixes up a craft cocktail at Lucia Restaurant & Bar in the Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley.

The historic Fruit House tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards inSaratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

Inside the rustic tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards in Saratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device
California’s grape harvest is in full swing — and so are the wine-centric celebrations. It’s high time to head to points north, south and east to experience the full glory. From sails to rails, oysters and stomps, here are just a few ways to immerse yourself in Northern California’s wine scene this season.

1 Santa Cruz sail and sip

The Santa Cruz coastline is a lovely thing, but nothing beats the view from the water. A sailing excursion aboard the 70-foot Chardonnay II is a great idea at any time of year, but on Friday evenings from April through October, the yacht company’s special charters ($63) offer a chance to sip wine with the person who made it. You’ll hear the winemaker talking about the process from grape to glass on the open sea. The Sept. 28 charter, for example, features wines from Santa Cruz’s MJA Vineyards, while the Oct. 26 season closer showcases Felton’s Hallcrest Vineyards.

Details: Chardonnay Sailing Charters, 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz www.chardonnay.com

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for wine-tasting cruises on Friday evenings. (Bay Area News Group File) For more food and drink coverage
follow us on Flipboard.

2 Saratoga vineyard walk

If you prefer your adventures on dry land, you can stroll the vineyards with a winemaker, as well. Saratoga’s Cooper Garrod Vineyards offers a Walk with the Winemaker on the first Saturday of each month, where guests join one of the Cooper winemakers — either Bill or Ben Cooper— for a walking tour of the vineyards, some storytelling and a tasting. The tour is free, tastings are $15. Bring a picnic to enjoy afterward.

Details: Cooper Garrod Vineyard, 22645 Garrod Road, Saratoga www.cgv.com/tours#firstsat

3 Napa rails and sips

The Napa Valley Wine Train and the Napa River Inn have partnered up on an “I Left My Car in San Francisco” hotel package that sends you up to Napa sans car. The package, which starts at $1,114 for two people, includes two nights lodging plus ferry transportation from San Francisco to Vallejo and a ride to the train station. There, you’ll board the iconic red train for an upscale lunch as you roll through Wine Country. Fall is a perfect time to plan this escape, mixing a dash of autumnal color into your multi-transit adventure.

Details: Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 Mckinstry St., Napa, www.winetrain.com Napa River Inn. 500 Main St., Napa www.napariverinn.com

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Bay Area News Group File) Napa Valley Wine Train

4 Harvest boot camp

Napa’s 50-year-old Trefethen Family Vineyards offers an immersive way to learn about winemaking. Its annual Harvest Boot Camp ($150-$175) is a six-hour affair that begins with begins with an in-depth vineyard tour and grape picking, before moving into the winery to learn about winemaking and do a bit of barrel tasting. An al fresco lunch under an ancient walnut tree rounds out the educational — and delicious — festivities. This year’s boot camp will be Sept. 29.

Details: Trefethen Family Vineyards, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa www.trefethen.com

5 Grgich grape stomp

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the title of best white wine in the world at the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976. A year later, he and his partners, brother and sister Austin Hills and Mary Lee Strebl of the Hills Bros. Coffee family, opened Grgich Hills Estate. Head for the winery this harvest season — through Oct. 22 — and you can join one of Grgich’s favorite Croatian traditions. The winery has partnered with St. Helena’s Harvest Inn on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting — at Grgich Hills Estate, before heading back to the inn for the night. The tab ($359 and up) includes lodging and a breakfast buffet.

Details: Harvest Inn, 1 Main St., St. Helena www.harvestinn.com Grgich Hills Estate, 1829 Highway 29, Rutherford www.grgich.com

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich chronicled his wine journey in a memoir “A Glass Full of Miracles (Courtesy Rocco Ceselin) Courtesy Rocco Ceselin

6 Bernardus festivities

Nestled near the famous Santa Lucia Mountain AVA, the 28-acre Bernardus Lodge is a great home base for exploring the varied Monterey County wine regions — plus a stay here gives you free tastings at Bernardus Winery. Time it right, though, and you can also enjoy wine tasting, a vinyasa yoga class and a chakra activation seminar at the property’s Autumn Equinox at the Spa on Sept. 22 (book a 50-minute spa treatment to attend). And on Oct. 6, Bernardus winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea will host a Barbeque, Grape Stomp & Oyster Shuck ($85), which includes wine tasting and grape stomping, plus, live music and a family-style barbecue at Ingrid’s Vineyard.

Details: Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley http://www.bernardus.com. Bernardus Winery’s tasting room is open daily at 5 W. Carmel Valley Road www.bernarduslodge.com.

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7 must-do California wine celebrations this fall

St. Helena’s Harvest Inn has partnered with Grgich Hills Estate on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting. (Photo courtesy Paige Green)

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are shown on the vine at the Grgich Hills winery. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976.

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

A peek inside the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Built in 1905 as the home of artist Christian Jorgensen and his family, the historic La Playa Carmel has welcomed guests since 1922. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel is the coastal village's grand dame, a historic property that blends 1905 glamour and 21st century comfort. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for sunset and wine-tasting cruises on Friday nights. (Mary Orlin/Staff)

Carmel Valley's Bernardus Lodge and Spa makes a great home base for wine country exploration. (Bernardus Lodge)

Bartender Gabe Doughty-Wood mixes up a craft cocktail at Lucia Restaurant & Bar in the Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley.

The historic Fruit House tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards inSaratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

Inside the rustic tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards in Saratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device
California’s grape harvest is in full swing — and so are the wine-centric celebrations. It’s high time to head to points north, south and east to experience the full glory. From sails to rails, oysters and stomps, here are just a few ways to immerse yourself in Northern California’s wine scene this season.

1 Santa Cruz sail and sip

The Santa Cruz coastline is a lovely thing, but nothing beats the view from the water. A sailing excursion aboard the 70-foot Chardonnay II is a great idea at any time of year, but on Friday evenings from April through October, the yacht company’s special charters ($63) offer a chance to sip wine with the person who made it. You’ll hear the winemaker talking about the process from grape to glass on the open sea. The Sept. 28 charter, for example, features wines from Santa Cruz’s MJA Vineyards, while the Oct. 26 season closer showcases Felton’s Hallcrest Vineyards.

Details: Chardonnay Sailing Charters, 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz www.chardonnay.com

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for wine-tasting cruises on Friday evenings. (Bay Area News Group File) For more food and drink coverage
follow us on Flipboard.

2 Saratoga vineyard walk

If you prefer your adventures on dry land, you can stroll the vineyards with a winemaker, as well. Saratoga’s Cooper Garrod Vineyards offers a Walk with the Winemaker on the first Saturday of each month, where guests join one of the Cooper winemakers — either Bill or Ben Cooper— for a walking tour of the vineyards, some storytelling and a tasting. The tour is free, tastings are $15. Bring a picnic to enjoy afterward.

Details: Cooper Garrod Vineyard, 22645 Garrod Road, Saratoga www.cgv.com/tours#firstsat

3 Napa rails and sips

The Napa Valley Wine Train and the Napa River Inn have partnered up on an “I Left My Car in San Francisco” hotel package that sends you up to Napa sans car. The package, which starts at $1,114 for two people, includes two nights lodging plus ferry transportation from San Francisco to Vallejo and a ride to the train station. There, you’ll board the iconic red train for an upscale lunch as you roll through Wine Country. Fall is a perfect time to plan this escape, mixing a dash of autumnal color into your multi-transit adventure.

Details: Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 Mckinstry St., Napa, www.winetrain.com Napa River Inn. 500 Main St., Napa www.napariverinn.com

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Bay Area News Group File) Napa Valley Wine Train

4 Harvest boot camp

Napa’s 50-year-old Trefethen Family Vineyards offers an immersive way to learn about winemaking. Its annual Harvest Boot Camp ($150-$175) is a six-hour affair that begins with begins with an in-depth vineyard tour and grape picking, before moving into the winery to learn about winemaking and do a bit of barrel tasting. An al fresco lunch under an ancient walnut tree rounds out the educational — and delicious — festivities. This year’s boot camp will be Sept. 29.

Details: Trefethen Family Vineyards, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa www.trefethen.com

5 Grgich grape stomp

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the title of best white wine in the world at the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976. A year later, he and his partners, brother and sister Austin Hills and Mary Lee Strebl of the Hills Bros. Coffee family, opened Grgich Hills Estate. Head for the winery this harvest season — through Oct. 22 — and you can join one of Grgich’s favorite Croatian traditions. The winery has partnered with St. Helena’s Harvest Inn on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting — at Grgich Hills Estate, before heading back to the inn for the night. The tab ($359 and up) includes lodging and a breakfast buffet.

Details: Harvest Inn, 1 Main St., St. Helena www.harvestinn.com Grgich Hills Estate, 1829 Highway 29, Rutherford www.grgich.com

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich chronicled his wine journey in a memoir “A Glass Full of Miracles (Courtesy Rocco Ceselin) Courtesy Rocco Ceselin

6 Bernardus festivities

Nestled near the famous Santa Lucia Mountain AVA, the 28-acre Bernardus Lodge is a great home base for exploring the varied Monterey County wine regions — plus a stay here gives you free tastings at Bernardus Winery. Time it right, though, and you can also enjoy wine tasting, a vinyasa yoga class and a chakra activation seminar at the property’s Autumn Equinox at the Spa on Sept. 22 (book a 50-minute spa treatment to attend). And on Oct. 6, Bernardus winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea will host a Barbeque, Grape Stomp & Oyster Shuck ($85), which includes wine tasting and grape stomping, plus, live music and a family-style barbecue at Ingrid’s Vineyard.

Details: Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley http://www.bernardus.com. Bernardus Winery’s tasting room is open daily at 5 W. Carmel Valley Road www.bernarduslodge.com.

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7 must-do California wine celebrations this fall

St. Helena’s Harvest Inn has partnered with Grgich Hills Estate on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting. (Photo courtesy Paige Green)

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are shown on the vine at the Grgich Hills winery. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976.

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

A peek inside the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Built in 1905 as the home of artist Christian Jorgensen and his family, the historic La Playa Carmel has welcomed guests since 1922. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel is the coastal village's grand dame, a historic property that blends 1905 glamour and 21st century comfort. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for sunset and wine-tasting cruises on Friday nights. (Mary Orlin/Staff)

Carmel Valley's Bernardus Lodge and Spa makes a great home base for wine country exploration. (Bernardus Lodge)

Bartender Gabe Doughty-Wood mixes up a craft cocktail at Lucia Restaurant & Bar in the Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley.

The historic Fruit House tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards inSaratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

Inside the rustic tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards in Saratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device
California’s grape harvest is in full swing — and so are the wine-centric celebrations. It’s high time to head to points north, south and east to experience the full glory. From sails to rails, oysters and stomps, here are just a few ways to immerse yourself in Northern California’s wine scene this season.

1 Santa Cruz sail and sip

The Santa Cruz coastline is a lovely thing, but nothing beats the view from the water. A sailing excursion aboard the 70-foot Chardonnay II is a great idea at any time of year, but on Friday evenings from April through October, the yacht company’s special charters ($63) offer a chance to sip wine with the person who made it. You’ll hear the winemaker talking about the process from grape to glass on the open sea. The Sept. 28 charter, for example, features wines from Santa Cruz’s MJA Vineyards, while the Oct. 26 season closer showcases Felton’s Hallcrest Vineyards.

Details: Chardonnay Sailing Charters, 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz www.chardonnay.com

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for wine-tasting cruises on Friday evenings. (Bay Area News Group File) For more food and drink coverage
follow us on Flipboard.

2 Saratoga vineyard walk

If you prefer your adventures on dry land, you can stroll the vineyards with a winemaker, as well. Saratoga’s Cooper Garrod Vineyards offers a Walk with the Winemaker on the first Saturday of each month, where guests join one of the Cooper winemakers — either Bill or Ben Cooper— for a walking tour of the vineyards, some storytelling and a tasting. The tour is free, tastings are $15. Bring a picnic to enjoy afterward.

Details: Cooper Garrod Vineyard, 22645 Garrod Road, Saratoga www.cgv.com/tours#firstsat

3 Napa rails and sips

The Napa Valley Wine Train and the Napa River Inn have partnered up on an “I Left My Car in San Francisco” hotel package that sends you up to Napa sans car. The package, which starts at $1,114 for two people, includes two nights lodging plus ferry transportation from San Francisco to Vallejo and a ride to the train station. There, you’ll board the iconic red train for an upscale lunch as you roll through Wine Country. Fall is a perfect time to plan this escape, mixing a dash of autumnal color into your multi-transit adventure.

Details: Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 Mckinstry St., Napa, www.winetrain.com Napa River Inn. 500 Main St., Napa www.napariverinn.com

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Bay Area News Group File) Napa Valley Wine Train

4 Harvest boot camp

Napa’s 50-year-old Trefethen Family Vineyards offers an immersive way to learn about winemaking. Its annual Harvest Boot Camp ($150-$175) is a six-hour affair that begins with begins with an in-depth vineyard tour and grape picking, before moving into the winery to learn about winemaking and do a bit of barrel tasting. An al fresco lunch under an ancient walnut tree rounds out the educational — and delicious — festivities. This year’s boot camp will be Sept. 29.

Details: Trefethen Family Vineyards, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa www.trefethen.com

5 Grgich grape stomp

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the title of best white wine in the world at the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976. A year later, he and his partners, brother and sister Austin Hills and Mary Lee Strebl of the Hills Bros. Coffee family, opened Grgich Hills Estate. Head for the winery this harvest season — through Oct. 22 — and you can join one of Grgich’s favorite Croatian traditions. The winery has partnered with St. Helena’s Harvest Inn on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting — at Grgich Hills Estate, before heading back to the inn for the night. The tab ($359 and up) includes lodging and a breakfast buffet.

Details: Harvest Inn, 1 Main St., St. Helena www.harvestinn.com Grgich Hills Estate, 1829 Highway 29, Rutherford www.grgich.com

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich chronicled his wine journey in a memoir “A Glass Full of Miracles (Courtesy Rocco Ceselin) Courtesy Rocco Ceselin

6 Bernardus festivities

Nestled near the famous Santa Lucia Mountain AVA, the 28-acre Bernardus Lodge is a great home base for exploring the varied Monterey County wine regions — plus a stay here gives you free tastings at Bernardus Winery. Time it right, though, and you can also enjoy wine tasting, a vinyasa yoga class and a chakra activation seminar at the property’s Autumn Equinox at the Spa on Sept. 22 (book a 50-minute spa treatment to attend). And on Oct. 6, Bernardus winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea will host a Barbeque, Grape Stomp & Oyster Shuck ($85), which includes wine tasting and grape stomping, plus, live music and a family-style barbecue at Ingrid’s Vineyard.

Details: Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley http://www.bernardus.com. Bernardus Winery’s tasting room is open daily at 5 W. Carmel Valley Road www.bernarduslodge.com.

7 Carmel Bikes and sips


7 must-do California wine celebrations this fall

St. Helena’s Harvest Inn has partnered with Grgich Hills Estate on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting. (Photo courtesy Paige Green)

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are shown on the vine at the Grgich Hills winery. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976.

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

A peek inside the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Built in 1905 as the home of artist Christian Jorgensen and his family, the historic La Playa Carmel has welcomed guests since 1922. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel is the coastal village's grand dame, a historic property that blends 1905 glamour and 21st century comfort. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for sunset and wine-tasting cruises on Friday nights. (Mary Orlin/Staff)

Carmel Valley's Bernardus Lodge and Spa makes a great home base for wine country exploration. (Bernardus Lodge)

Bartender Gabe Doughty-Wood mixes up a craft cocktail at Lucia Restaurant & Bar in the Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley.

The historic Fruit House tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards inSaratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

Inside the rustic tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards in Saratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device
California’s grape harvest is in full swing — and so are the wine-centric celebrations. It’s high time to head to points north, south and east to experience the full glory. From sails to rails, oysters and stomps, here are just a few ways to immerse yourself in Northern California’s wine scene this season.

1 Santa Cruz sail and sip

The Santa Cruz coastline is a lovely thing, but nothing beats the view from the water. A sailing excursion aboard the 70-foot Chardonnay II is a great idea at any time of year, but on Friday evenings from April through October, the yacht company’s special charters ($63) offer a chance to sip wine with the person who made it. You’ll hear the winemaker talking about the process from grape to glass on the open sea. The Sept. 28 charter, for example, features wines from Santa Cruz’s MJA Vineyards, while the Oct. 26 season closer showcases Felton’s Hallcrest Vineyards.

Details: Chardonnay Sailing Charters, 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz www.chardonnay.com

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for wine-tasting cruises on Friday evenings. (Bay Area News Group File) For more food and drink coverage
follow us on Flipboard.

2 Saratoga vineyard walk

If you prefer your adventures on dry land, you can stroll the vineyards with a winemaker, as well. Saratoga’s Cooper Garrod Vineyards offers a Walk with the Winemaker on the first Saturday of each month, where guests join one of the Cooper winemakers — either Bill or Ben Cooper— for a walking tour of the vineyards, some storytelling and a tasting. The tour is free, tastings are $15. Bring a picnic to enjoy afterward.

Details: Cooper Garrod Vineyard, 22645 Garrod Road, Saratoga www.cgv.com/tours#firstsat

3 Napa rails and sips

The Napa Valley Wine Train and the Napa River Inn have partnered up on an “I Left My Car in San Francisco” hotel package that sends you up to Napa sans car. The package, which starts at $1,114 for two people, includes two nights lodging plus ferry transportation from San Francisco to Vallejo and a ride to the train station. There, you’ll board the iconic red train for an upscale lunch as you roll through Wine Country. Fall is a perfect time to plan this escape, mixing a dash of autumnal color into your multi-transit adventure.

Details: Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 Mckinstry St., Napa, www.winetrain.com Napa River Inn. 500 Main St., Napa www.napariverinn.com

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Bay Area News Group File) Napa Valley Wine Train

4 Harvest boot camp

Napa’s 50-year-old Trefethen Family Vineyards offers an immersive way to learn about winemaking. Its annual Harvest Boot Camp ($150-$175) is a six-hour affair that begins with begins with an in-depth vineyard tour and grape picking, before moving into the winery to learn about winemaking and do a bit of barrel tasting. An al fresco lunch under an ancient walnut tree rounds out the educational — and delicious — festivities. This year’s boot camp will be Sept. 29.

Details: Trefethen Family Vineyards, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa www.trefethen.com

5 Grgich grape stomp

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the title of best white wine in the world at the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976. A year later, he and his partners, brother and sister Austin Hills and Mary Lee Strebl of the Hills Bros. Coffee family, opened Grgich Hills Estate. Head for the winery this harvest season — through Oct. 22 — and you can join one of Grgich’s favorite Croatian traditions. The winery has partnered with St. Helena’s Harvest Inn on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting — at Grgich Hills Estate, before heading back to the inn for the night. The tab ($359 and up) includes lodging and a breakfast buffet.

Details: Harvest Inn, 1 Main St., St. Helena www.harvestinn.com Grgich Hills Estate, 1829 Highway 29, Rutherford www.grgich.com

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich chronicled his wine journey in a memoir “A Glass Full of Miracles (Courtesy Rocco Ceselin) Courtesy Rocco Ceselin

6 Bernardus festivities

Nestled near the famous Santa Lucia Mountain AVA, the 28-acre Bernardus Lodge is a great home base for exploring the varied Monterey County wine regions — plus a stay here gives you free tastings at Bernardus Winery. Time it right, though, and you can also enjoy wine tasting, a vinyasa yoga class and a chakra activation seminar at the property’s Autumn Equinox at the Spa on Sept. 22 (book a 50-minute spa treatment to attend). And on Oct. 6, Bernardus winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea will host a Barbeque, Grape Stomp & Oyster Shuck ($85), which includes wine tasting and grape stomping, plus, live music and a family-style barbecue at Ingrid’s Vineyard.

Details: Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley http://www.bernardus.com. Bernardus Winery’s tasting room is open daily at 5 W. Carmel Valley Road www.bernarduslodge.com.

7 Carmel Bikes and sips


7 must-do California wine celebrations this fall

St. Helena’s Harvest Inn has partnered with Grgich Hills Estate on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting. (Photo courtesy Paige Green)

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are shown on the vine at the Grgich Hills winery. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976.

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

A peek inside the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Built in 1905 as the home of artist Christian Jorgensen and his family, the historic La Playa Carmel has welcomed guests since 1922. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel is the coastal village's grand dame, a historic property that blends 1905 glamour and 21st century comfort. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for sunset and wine-tasting cruises on Friday nights. (Mary Orlin/Staff)

Carmel Valley's Bernardus Lodge and Spa makes a great home base for wine country exploration. (Bernardus Lodge)

Bartender Gabe Doughty-Wood mixes up a craft cocktail at Lucia Restaurant & Bar in the Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley.

The historic Fruit House tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards inSaratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

Inside the rustic tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards in Saratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device
California’s grape harvest is in full swing — and so are the wine-centric celebrations. It’s high time to head to points north, south and east to experience the full glory. From sails to rails, oysters and stomps, here are just a few ways to immerse yourself in Northern California’s wine scene this season.

1 Santa Cruz sail and sip

The Santa Cruz coastline is a lovely thing, but nothing beats the view from the water. A sailing excursion aboard the 70-foot Chardonnay II is a great idea at any time of year, but on Friday evenings from April through October, the yacht company’s special charters ($63) offer a chance to sip wine with the person who made it. You’ll hear the winemaker talking about the process from grape to glass on the open sea. The Sept. 28 charter, for example, features wines from Santa Cruz’s MJA Vineyards, while the Oct. 26 season closer showcases Felton’s Hallcrest Vineyards.

Details: Chardonnay Sailing Charters, 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz www.chardonnay.com

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for wine-tasting cruises on Friday evenings. (Bay Area News Group File) For more food and drink coverage
follow us on Flipboard.

2 Saratoga vineyard walk

If you prefer your adventures on dry land, you can stroll the vineyards with a winemaker, as well. Saratoga’s Cooper Garrod Vineyards offers a Walk with the Winemaker on the first Saturday of each month, where guests join one of the Cooper winemakers — either Bill or Ben Cooper— for a walking tour of the vineyards, some storytelling and a tasting. The tour is free, tastings are $15. Bring a picnic to enjoy afterward.

Details: Cooper Garrod Vineyard, 22645 Garrod Road, Saratoga www.cgv.com/tours#firstsat

3 Napa rails and sips

The Napa Valley Wine Train and the Napa River Inn have partnered up on an “I Left My Car in San Francisco” hotel package that sends you up to Napa sans car. The package, which starts at $1,114 for two people, includes two nights lodging plus ferry transportation from San Francisco to Vallejo and a ride to the train station. There, you’ll board the iconic red train for an upscale lunch as you roll through Wine Country. Fall is a perfect time to plan this escape, mixing a dash of autumnal color into your multi-transit adventure.

Details: Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 Mckinstry St., Napa, www.winetrain.com Napa River Inn. 500 Main St., Napa www.napariverinn.com

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Bay Area News Group File) Napa Valley Wine Train

4 Harvest boot camp

Napa’s 50-year-old Trefethen Family Vineyards offers an immersive way to learn about winemaking. Its annual Harvest Boot Camp ($150-$175) is a six-hour affair that begins with begins with an in-depth vineyard tour and grape picking, before moving into the winery to learn about winemaking and do a bit of barrel tasting. An al fresco lunch under an ancient walnut tree rounds out the educational — and delicious — festivities. This year’s boot camp will be Sept. 29.

Details: Trefethen Family Vineyards, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa www.trefethen.com

5 Grgich grape stomp

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the title of best white wine in the world at the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976. A year later, he and his partners, brother and sister Austin Hills and Mary Lee Strebl of the Hills Bros. Coffee family, opened Grgich Hills Estate. Head for the winery this harvest season — through Oct. 22 — and you can join one of Grgich’s favorite Croatian traditions. The winery has partnered with St. Helena’s Harvest Inn on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting — at Grgich Hills Estate, before heading back to the inn for the night. The tab ($359 and up) includes lodging and a breakfast buffet.

Details: Harvest Inn, 1 Main St., St. Helena www.harvestinn.com Grgich Hills Estate, 1829 Highway 29, Rutherford www.grgich.com

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich chronicled his wine journey in a memoir “A Glass Full of Miracles (Courtesy Rocco Ceselin) Courtesy Rocco Ceselin

6 Bernardus festivities

Nestled near the famous Santa Lucia Mountain AVA, the 28-acre Bernardus Lodge is a great home base for exploring the varied Monterey County wine regions — plus a stay here gives you free tastings at Bernardus Winery. Time it right, though, and you can also enjoy wine tasting, a vinyasa yoga class and a chakra activation seminar at the property’s Autumn Equinox at the Spa on Sept. 22 (book a 50-minute spa treatment to attend). And on Oct. 6, Bernardus winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea will host a Barbeque, Grape Stomp & Oyster Shuck ($85), which includes wine tasting and grape stomping, plus, live music and a family-style barbecue at Ingrid’s Vineyard.

Details: Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley http://www.bernardus.com. Bernardus Winery’s tasting room is open daily at 5 W. Carmel Valley Road www.bernarduslodge.com.

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7 must-do California wine celebrations this fall

St. Helena’s Harvest Inn has partnered with Grgich Hills Estate on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting. (Photo courtesy Paige Green)

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are shown on the vine at the Grgich Hills winery. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976.

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

A peek inside the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Built in 1905 as the home of artist Christian Jorgensen and his family, the historic La Playa Carmel has welcomed guests since 1922. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel is the coastal village's grand dame, a historic property that blends 1905 glamour and 21st century comfort. (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

Carmel's century-old La Playa Carmel (Courtesy La Playa Carmel)

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for sunset and wine-tasting cruises on Friday nights. (Mary Orlin/Staff)

Carmel Valley's Bernardus Lodge and Spa makes a great home base for wine country exploration. (Bernardus Lodge)

Bartender Gabe Doughty-Wood mixes up a craft cocktail at Lucia Restaurant & Bar in the Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley.

The historic Fruit House tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards inSaratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

Inside the rustic tasting room at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards in Saratoga.Photo credit: Mary Orlin/Staff

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California’s grape harvest is in full swing — and so are the wine-centric celebrations. It’s high time to head to points north, south and east to experience the full glory. From sails to rails, oysters and stomps, here are just a few ways to immerse yourself in Northern California’s wine scene this season.

1 Santa Cruz sail and sip

The Santa Cruz coastline is a lovely thing, but nothing beats the view from the water. A sailing excursion aboard the 70-foot Chardonnay II is a great idea at any time of year, but on Friday evenings from April through October, the yacht company’s special charters ($63) offer a chance to sip wine with the person who made it. You’ll hear the winemaker talking about the process from grape to glass on the open sea. The Sept. 28 charter, for example, features wines from Santa Cruz’s MJA Vineyards, while the Oct. 26 season closer showcases Felton’s Hallcrest Vineyards.

Details: Chardonnay Sailing Charters, 790 Mariner Park Way, Dock FF, Santa Cruz www.chardonnay.com

The 70-foot Chardonnay II sets sail from Santa Cruz Harbor for wine-tasting cruises on Friday evenings. (Bay Area News Group File) For more food and drink coverage
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2 Saratoga vineyard walk

If you prefer your adventures on dry land, you can stroll the vineyards with a winemaker, as well. Saratoga’s Cooper Garrod Vineyards offers a Walk with the Winemaker on the first Saturday of each month, where guests join one of the Cooper winemakers — either Bill or Ben Cooper— for a walking tour of the vineyards, some storytelling and a tasting. The tour is free, tastings are $15. Bring a picnic to enjoy afterward.

Details: Cooper Garrod Vineyard, 22645 Garrod Road, Saratoga www.cgv.com/tours#firstsat

3 Napa rails and sips

The Napa Valley Wine Train and the Napa River Inn have partnered up on an “I Left My Car in San Francisco” hotel package that sends you up to Napa sans car. The package, which starts at $1,114 for two people, includes two nights lodging plus ferry transportation from San Francisco to Vallejo and a ride to the train station. There, you’ll board the iconic red train for an upscale lunch as you roll through Wine Country. Fall is a perfect time to plan this escape, mixing a dash of autumnal color into your multi-transit adventure.

Details: Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 Mckinstry St., Napa, www.winetrain.com Napa River Inn. 500 Main St., Napa www.napariverinn.com

Tables are set for fine dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train. (Bay Area News Group File) Napa Valley Wine Train

4 Harvest boot camp

Napa’s 50-year-old Trefethen Family Vineyards offers an immersive way to learn about winemaking. Its annual Harvest Boot Camp ($150-$175) is a six-hour affair that begins with begins with an in-depth vineyard tour and grape picking, before moving into the winery to learn about winemaking and do a bit of barrel tasting. An al fresco lunch under an ancient walnut tree rounds out the educational — and delicious — festivities. This year’s boot camp will be Sept. 29.

Details: Trefethen Family Vineyards, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave., Napa www.trefethen.com

5 Grgich grape stomp

Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich shot to fame when his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the title of best white wine in the world at the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976. A year later, he and his partners, brother and sister Austin Hills and Mary Lee Strebl of the Hills Bros. Coffee family, opened Grgich Hills Estate. Head for the winery this harvest season — through Oct. 22 — and you can join one of Grgich’s favorite Croatian traditions. The winery has partnered with St. Helena’s Harvest Inn on a Harvest Package that gives guests an opportunity to kick off their shoes and crush their own grapes — and enjoy some wine tasting — at Grgich Hills Estate, before heading back to the inn for the night. The tab ($359 and up) includes lodging and a breakfast buffet.

Details: Harvest Inn, 1 Main St., St. Helena www.harvestinn.com Grgich Hills Estate, 1829 Highway 29, Rutherford www.grgich.com

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich chronicled his wine journey in a memoir “A Glass Full of Miracles (Courtesy Rocco Ceselin) Courtesy Rocco Ceselin

6 Bernardus festivities

Nestled near the famous Santa Lucia Mountain AVA, the 28-acre Bernardus Lodge is a great home base for exploring the varied Monterey County wine regions — plus a stay here gives you free tastings at Bernardus Winery. Time it right, though, and you can also enjoy wine tasting, a vinyasa yoga class and a chakra activation seminar at the property’s Autumn Equinox at the Spa on Sept. 22 (book a 50-minute spa treatment to attend). And on Oct. 6, Bernardus winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea will host a Barbeque, Grape Stomp & Oyster Shuck ($85), which includes wine tasting and grape stomping, plus, live music and a family-style barbecue at Ingrid’s Vineyard.

Details: Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley http://www.bernardus.com. Bernardus Winery’s tasting room is open daily at 5 W. Carmel Valley Road www.bernarduslodge.com.

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