This is my favorite time of year in California wine country. The tasting rooms are quiet, the mustard is dotting the vineyards and there are bargains in the boutiques. It is by far the best time to be a local…and shhhh…it’s also the best time to visit.
The picture above is the tasting bar at Michael Chiarello’s NapaStyle. You can taste through Chiarello’s private label, watch a chef demonstration or buy some signature spice rubs. In the peaceful off-season, everyone is relaxed; visitors get extra attention and often, extra tastes and wine deals.
If you are a photographer, this is the time to take pictures of mustard. You may even want to submit your artwork to the Mustard Festival Photo Contest.
If you want some hints about where to go, you can search my blog or contact me for personalized assistance with your lodging, tasting reservations, itinerary and transportation.