The Top Stops for Wine This Season

From Walla Walla, Washington, to Italy's Friuli region where to taste the fall's finest grapes

For those who venerate wine, late August to November in the northern hemisphere is a holy period. It is the time of the grape harvest, and many oenophiles feel compelled to go on a pilgrimage to their favorite regions to witness this delicate yet crucial moment in the life of wine. A few may even want to participate in the harvest. Think twice before volunteering, however. It is not easy. Much of the picking is done by vineyard veterans who start well before sunrise. The other jobs are tough and tedious. "You'll work a sorting table for hours at a time...

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