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Free Wine Testing . While both destinations deserve their reputations as premier U.S. regions, there are wonderful lesser-known locales where grape-laden vines dot the landscape, glasses of award-winning wines are poured in tasting rooms and festivals offer the opportunity to try grape stomping.
Wine Business In India The Grand Valley, Colorado Set against the backdrop of the Book Cliffs mountain range and Grand Mesa, the wineries here are among the highest in North America, with an average altitude of 4,700 feet. That means sunny, dry days and cool nights — a micro-climate ideal for wine production.
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movies, then settle in for dinner at a restaurant on the property helmed by a known chef. No, this is not happening at a five-diamond resort. This is Sonoma’s Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and it is just one example of how the experience of wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma Valleys has transitioned from serious business to international tourist attraction.
Wine Testing Tour India ... Napa and Sonoma have long struggled to balance growth with the pioneer spirit that launched an industry.
Free Wine Testing The history of wine in Napa and Sonoma dates back at least as far as 1823 when Father Junípero Serra established a mission in what is now downtown Sonoma and planted the first vineyards on mission land. On the other side of the Mayacamas mountain range which separates Napa and Sonoma, homesteader George Calvert Yount was the first to plant grapes in Napa in 1839. The Gold Rush, a phylloxera blight and Prohibition each took their toll on the area, but wine growing slowly re-emerged as a viable industry after World War II. Napa’s Mondavi family, credited with bringing awareness to the region’s wines in modern times, purchased the former Charles Krug Winery, while John Daniel, Jr. resuscitated Inglenook winery. But it was the Judgement of Paris in 1976 that first brought the region fame and respect. A blind, comparative tasting by European wine savants pitted California Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay against wines from France's Burgundy and Bordeaux. Napa’s Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon came out on top, shocking the wine world and transforming the perception of California’s new world wines from second class to top of the class. California had finally captured the wine world’s attention. The tourists soon followed.
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Dolcetto, a dark wine grape from northern Italy, is one of 17 minor varieties grown in the estate vineyards of Airfield Estates in Prosser, Washington. Last year, winemaker Marcus Miller produced 41 different wines.
Wine Testing Tour Airfield Estates owner, Marcus Miller, says the Dolcetto wine grape variety consistently produces high quality wines. Miller points out Dolcetto has a distinctive reddening on the leaf and requires heavy thinning in the late spring.
Wine Testing Tour India Carlos Valencia racking barrels of 2014 Counoise at Airfield Estates in Prosser, Washington on May 4, 2015.
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Dancing Dragonfly Winery is passionate about great wine! Great wine starts with the grapes and the vineyard. While driving through the winery grounds, visitors see row after row of carefully groomed vines lining the roads and filling the trellises of the adjacent fields. Over the past five years, Dancing Dragonfly Winery has planted more than 30,000 vines, making it one of the largest vineyards in Wisconsin.
White Wine In India A vineyard of this size is possible because of the introduction of cold-hardy wine grapes. Cold-climate viticulture is said to have begun in the 1970s on a dairy farm in the small town of Osceola, ten miles south of Dancing Dragonfly Winery. Elmer Swenson started a small-scale breeding program in search of cold-hardy wine and table grapes. He used the Concord grape as the foundation for his breeding program and crossed it with countless wine grapes from around the world.
Wine Testing Tour After years of cross-pollinating, Swenson created some of the first cold-climate grapes used in winemaking in the Midwest. Grape varieties such as St. Croix, Prairie Star, Edelweiss, and Brianna can take harsh Minnesota and Wisconsin winters and still produce excellent fruit. Knowing this, farmers from across the region began to plant the new cultivars and spread the news on the potential of cold-climate wine grapes.
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