Get hands-on with the harvest at Crush




The Heart of Sonoma Valley Association (HOSVA) has set the 2013 Sonoma Valley Crush festival for Sept. 27 to 29, and tickets are on sale now. Seventeen wineries throughout Sonoma Valley will be participating in this hands-on harvest experience.


Guests will not only get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens during harvest, but they’ll have the opportunity to get involved. For three days, wineries will be offering a variety of harvest activities including grape sampling in the vineyards, crush pad tours, samples of fresh pressed juice and grapes picked fresh off the vine including chardonnay, pinot noir, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon.


Guests will even taste a wine while it’s fermenting, learn how to read a Refractometer and gain a deeper understanding about the importance of the balance between sugar and acid levels in wine grapes. There will be chances to meet with winemakers and ask questions about harvest.


The three-day festival takes place at 17 wineries on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 to 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. A three-day pass is $35 a person and designated drivers are $10 each.


Participating wineries include Deerfield Ranch Winery, Enkidu Wines, Eric Ross Winery, Kaz Winery, Kenwood Vineyards, Little Vineyards Family Winery, Loxton Cellars, Mayo Family Winery, Moondance Cellars, Muscardini Cellars, NakedWines, Paradise Ridge Winery, Pangloss Cellars, St. Anne’s Crossing Winery, Ty Caton Vineyards, VJB Vineyards and Cellars and Valley of the Moon Winery


For tickets, visit heartofsonomavalley.com or call 866-794-9463.