You know it's harvest season in Sonoma County when ...
By Janet Balicki | Sep 6, 2016

The crush is here! The best time to be in Sonoma County is when harvest season begins. The smell of grapes is in the air. Wineries are bustling with grape sorting, stemming, crushing and fermentation. Every weekend is filled with harvest events. Plus, there’s the anticipation of spring’s first tastes of autumn’s harvest when many wineries offer samples from the barrel.

Here in Wine Country, the signs of harvest are hard to miss. Here are 26 signs it’s harvest season in Sonoma County. Know of any others? Tell us in the comments.

…SOMEONE IS WAIST DEEP IN GRAPES SOMEWHERE. Debra Peterson and John Lundblad punch down Pinot Noir skins at the Russian River winery. (John Burgess/ The Press Democrat, 2006)