What do Winemakers do After Harvest? Step it up a Notch, of Course!
2015 was a record early Harvest in Northern California’s wine country. As a result, those of us (read: Winemakers) who rarely get to enjoy the festivities of fall are casting about for ways to celebrate the season.
I know some of us are thrilled to actually be able to make our kids’ Halloween costumes rather than throw something together from Safeway the day of. Many of we winemakers are mentioning classic fall food as the days get shorter; I’ve seen lots of recipes for pot roast, butternut squash ravioli and split pea soup on Pinterest lately. A lot better than taco truck burritos on the crush pad, to be sure!
We’re all talking about dusting off the hobbies, getting out for a little fall-weather hiking and maybe some “staycation” wine country activities with our friends and families. If it’s the kind of thing you like do (and it’s the kind of thing I’m getting back into doing), why not join me at the “Best Destination Race in the Pacific West”– the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon/Hallowine 5K on Halloween morning? It’s my first time doing this race, and, when I saw the invitation from Destination Races of course I had to say yes. I’ve never done this course because, of course, I’m always super busy on Halloween- except for this historically early 2015 season!
Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon Details:
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When: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Start Times: 1/2 Marathon: 7:30am PST. The Hallowine 5k has 2 start waves, 8:45 and 8:50am PST
Fun Fall Extras:
-Welcome receptions and pre-race dinner events
-Race Day expo
-Post-Race wine and food festival
-costume contest, feed and beer, live band, awards, wine tasting ($35 extra fee
-Involved wineries include Truett Hurst, Coppola’s newest gig, Virginia Dare Winery, Kendall Jackson, Trione, Mazzocco and Trentadue Winery- what a lineup!
All info can be found here: http://destinationraces.com/runhb/
All in all this looks like a really fun wine country race. I’m so lucky to live in Napa, where it seems like there’s a 5K, 10K or half marathon within a 25 mile radius almost every other weekend. Now that I don’t have to grab a fright wig from the “Seasonal Sale” shelves at Safeway, I guess the only question is, what should I dress up as on race day?
Alison Crowe is a Napa-based consulting winemaker, blogger and author of The Winemaker’s Answer Book. She is the Winemaker for Garnet Vineyards, Picket Fence Vineyards and Buccaneer Wines, among others. She got back into running this summer and was invited to participate in the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon event as a local blogger. All Photos credit: Destination Races.