Autumn is peak season for Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine
Exquisite, good (and not so good) red and white wines can be enjoyed 365 days a year and at all the best celebrations by all of us. Wine connoisseurs can have their favourite tipple packed safely and sent to them from the country of origin, or they can store particular vintages in their own wine cellar, collect them and only uncork them for special occasions.
When the Autumn paints the landscape in wonderful natural colours like pumpkin orange or goldenrod yellow and the sun shines down warmly upon us, wine connoisseurs and other bon vivants do not miss out. Wine festivals in a picturesque setting are enjoyed by people up and down the country, throughout Europe, and across other continents.
Autumn arrives when winegrowers have harvested their grapes and the fruit has matured in the casks. This is when it’s time for lively wine fairs with many associated events. For example, the Wine Festival in Budapest/Hungary, the German Grape Harvest Festival in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse or the Limassol Wine Festival in Cyprus. And for those people not looking for a drop of the fine, home-grown produce can always indulge in an Autumnal walk amidst the magnificent vineyards.
I’m not a wine connoisseur. I just know what I like and don’t like and on a good day I can recognise the ‘pour’. I like to drink a glass (or two) but only in good company. Speaking of company: As I said, Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, can be found almost everywhere in the Autumn holiday period – and he’ll be delighted to greet some friendly guests.