I love to plan my travels around the peak of growing season or harvest festivals. My intensive eating and wine tasting trip in Napa last week was perfectly timed. The grape harvest is late this year so farmers and winemakers were available to show me around their vineyards and share leisurely conversations with us. I had fascinating chats with winemakers, fruit and vegetable farmers, olive oil producers and restaurateurs.
I had the pleasure of spending an evening in the Bardessono Hotel’s intimate courtyard, where the Hill Family Estate Winemakers hosted their annual dinner to kick off a weekend of activities called Tomatoville, an annual eating feast that celebrates the tomato harvest . Spending time in Yountville, the little town that is home to the world famous French Laundry, Bouchon, and many tasting rooms for extraordinary Napa wine makers, is always full of culinary discoveries.