I hadn’t been out tasting and doing photography in the wine country since October ’09 and I felt long overdue so I decided to head out this past weekend despite the weather. This time of year can be one of the most challenging and yet also the most rewarding.
The months of February and March (January 30th – March 27th) are the Mustard Season in the Napa Valley and other wine countries in California.
It is also the rainy season.
So while the blooming wild flowers are spectacular, trying to find a free day from work in which there is enough sunshine to take pictures can is a challenge. It has been raining almost every day the past couple months and the few sunny days were spent at work.
Knowing the Mustard Season was half way over, after checking the weather forecast which predicted “showers in the morning, partly cloudy in the afternoon” I decided to head out with camera in hand.
A couple years ago I made a video of “Napa Valley Vineyards in Mustard Season” in which I covered a number of vineyards throughout the valley:
So, this time I just wanted to focus on one area and I decided on the Yountville / Oak Knoll district which are on the southern end of the valley, just north of Los Carneros.