A bit cheesy for a headline right? Forgive me, I couldn’t resist. It seems that wine is all the buzz these days, as it should be; September is California Wine Month.
Did you know that California accounts for 90 percent of the ENTIRE American wine production?! Or that our beloved Central Valley is California’s largest wine region stretching for 300 miles. Our one region produces 75% of all California wine grapes!
There is no better time to visit local wineries then right now. Most of them will be having special tastings and events (Grape Stomps are always a lot of fun) in celebration of the month but all of them will be preparing for, or in the process of, harvesting and crushing this year’s crop of grapes. The sights, sounds, and aromas of this time of year are incredible!
Like me and my struggles in choosing from so many great Fresno area topics, you may find yourself struggling on where to start from so many great local wineries. Here is a handful, in no particular order, for you to consider. Tasting room hours will very, so make sure to call ahead
9400 Road 36
Madera, CA 93636
|CRŪ Wine Company 20146 Road 21 Madera, CA 93637 559-673-6372||Engelmann Cellars 3275 N Rolinda Fresno, CA 93723 559-274-9463|
|Ficklin Vineyards 30246 Ave 7 ½ Madera, CA 93637 559-674-4598||Idle Hour Winery 41139 Highway 41 Oakhurst, CA 93644 559-760-9090||Westbrook Wine Farm 49610 House Ranch Road O’Neals, CA 93645 559-868-3499|
If you are adventurous and want to experience the above and more valley wineries all on one weekend, I would suggest giving a wine trial or annual event a try. The Madera Vintners Association’s next wine trail is scheduled for November 10th and 11th (http://maderawinetrail.com) and the San Joaquin Valley Vintners annual Fall Cornucopia will be on October 27th (http://idrinkwine.net)
For you beer lovers out there… rest assured that Oktoberfest is right around the corner!