BY HEATHER CASSELL
Girls That Roam
Travelers seeking a wine getaway in Northern California’s famed Napa, Sonoma, and up- and-coming Mendocino counties can’t go wrong no matter what time of the year they visit, but the best time of the year for a wine vacation is in October.
October is known as crush season, when the grapes are rapidly being plucked from the vines and crushed into wine, and the grape leaves turn to a brilliant gold and reds. It is simply magical.
California makes 90 percent of all of the wine in the U.S. and is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world after France, Italy, and Spain, earning the state $61.5 billion in 2011, according to the Wine Institute. California’s wine country attracted 20.7 million visitors touring the rolling hills of Sonoma and Napa lined with rows of vines, not to mention the other regions running up and down the Golden State.
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