The Last Rose of Summer: Botanical Blog Farewell
Guests often ask me what the weather is like in the fall and winter along Wine Road…is it cold? Does it snow? Lots of rain or just showers? Should they bring boots? An umbrella? A heavy parka? A raincoat? I have come to realize, especially as a Northern California/Bay Area native, that what I might think are extreme weather conditions are NOT to the rest of the world. Along Wine Road the weather is certainly often lovely and pleasantly season-appropriate and is nothing, if not, extremely reasonable.
The transition from summer to fall to winter is a bit tricky to typify and describe here, as the seasons bounce back and forth, imitating usually an early fall kind of thing for many weeks into November. I have had guests from Wisconsin and upstate New York laugh when I describe our cold conditions here in the mid-40′s to 50′s….brrrr?? Frost on the ground? SO unusual! Wow! Always a delight! Even our rainstorms are relatively warm and tropical vs bitterly cold. Snow, if it ever even dusts, is usually only at the higher elevations on the surrounding mountains, creating a wonderland feel in the distance. The proximity of the Pacific ocean provides a temperate influence. It seems to me that barely any rains arrives until after Thanksgiving- and can continue up through March- but they do not usually bother our Winter Wineland or Barrel Tasting Events. We did have a wee bit of rain this year for A Wine & Food Affair, but if anything, it just made the crackling fireplaces even more cheery and welcoming….It would seem that Wine Road is a bit ensorcelled, along the lines of Camelot- all we need is a ruling monarch.
So, yes, between November and April, not a bad idea to have some rain gear and dressing in layers is always best for wine tasting for comfort in the chilly cellars and warm TR’s. Flat shoes always best too, so waterproof is good too- we do have mud sometimes, just like everywhere else; I carry a pair of L.L Bean boots in my car along with a wool jacket year round, just in case. After all, I am Wine Time TR, always ready to head off into the vineyards and hills. This fall was a particularly beautiful one along Wine Road and now that Thanksgiving is past, it seems that I may turn my eyes to the loveliness of the incipient winter season.
Just last week, roses were blooming under canopies of brilliant autumn displays by trees that will soon be naked. Rain set in – a bit- the Russian River muddied and rose- just a bit. Earnest winter is not yet arrived.
Here’s turning to winter.
Here’s looking at you, kids.