SAN FRANCISCO — Grape harvest is soon approaching, a time when a foodie’s fancy turns to thoughts of wine. To launch the harvest season in September, wine regions and wineries across the Golden State are celebrating the 8th annual California Wine Month – organized by California’s Wine Institute. From innovative wine immersion experiences to cool wine events, September is an ideal time to visit wine country, when the air is buzzing with the creative energy of California’s artisan winegrowers and winemakers bringing in the grapes and beginning the process of crafting the next great vintage.
From Sept. 1-30, 2012, dozens of wineries and wine regions across California will host these special consumer wine events and experiences, celebrating the contributions of the state’s growers and vintners, who are committed to earth and people friendly sustainable practices in vineyards and wineries. A great place to experience many of California’s wine regions in one stop are the Wine Institute’s “California Wine Road Trip” tasting events happening Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 22, 2 - 5 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Ferry Building in San Francisco immediately following its popular farmer’s market. For more information go to www.discovercaliforniawines.com/californiawinemonth.
About Wine Institute
Wine Institute is the association of more than 1,000 California wineries and wine-related businesses dedicated to enhancing the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine. California is the fourth largest wine producer in the world, making 90 percent of all U.S. wine and two out of every three bottles enjoyed in the U.S. Each year, nearly 20 million tourists visit wine regions throughout the state to explore and enjoy the wines, the cuisine and cultural offerings associated with California’s signature industry. September, during California Wine Month, is a great time to visit to experience the annual winegrape harvest first hand. Go to: www.discovercaliforniawines.com for more information.
NOTE TO EDITORS: The above California Wine Month link will be live in mid-July, 2012.