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Messina Hof founders Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo for a wine dinner showcasing the Texas-based winery's award-winning wines. I was invited to attend, not only to reacquaint myself with the Messina Hof's wines, but also to sample the specialty menu created by newly promoted Executive Chef Horacio Degante.

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The dinner was set in one of the private wine rooms, and upon entrance, guests were immediately greeted with a glass of Messina Hof's 2010 Private Reserve Chardonnay, a crisp, easily drinkable white that married well with the passed appetizers of shrimp and scallop ceviche cleverly served in a cucumber cup, along with roasted peach crostini with prosciutto and Texas honey.

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The evening kicked off with a greeting by the Bonarrigos, who introduced their winery with some facts about the growing wine industry in Texas, the fact that their winery is named after Paul's hometown of Messina, Italy and Merrill's hometown of Hof, Germany, and some other short, fun stories about their wines and winery.

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HEALDSBURG, Calif., Oct. 23, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- J Vineyards & Winery concluded its 2012 grape harvest on a high note.  Fifteen tons of Chardonnay from the Dutton Mill Station Vineyard was delivered to the winery last Thursday just before the first substantial rainstorm of the fall season arrived.  The last load of grapes will become a component of the 2012 J Vineyards Russian River Valley Chardonnay.

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Most producers, growers, and wine critics agree that 2012 has turned out to be one of the best vintages for Sonoma County wines in decades.  A near perfect flowering and set in the spring, with a moderate to warm summer free of rain and mildew, contributed to stellar growing conditions.

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The hillside vineyards of New York's Finger Lakes region make money producing fine Rieslings and inviting tourists to sip white wine by the water's edge. Now winery owners are worried about the prospect of a grittier kind of economic development: gas drilling.

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Some grape growers fear that if shale gas drilling, or fracking, is allowed in this region of postcard-perfect hills and crystal-clear lakes, the muddy well sites and rumbling trucks will not only endanger the environment but threaten the Finger Lakes' reputation for pristine beauty.

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"If they allow hydro-fracking anywhere near us, tourism will be over and the industry will be done," said Art Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards near Keuka Lake, N.Y.

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At this time of year in the U.S., the sunlight suddenly seems less vibrant, summer fruits give way to root vegetables in farmers markets and it feels as if the holidays and winter's chill are just around the corner. Don't you wish you could step into a time machine and head back to spring, with the first splash of green and the promise of summer? That's what we've done for the past few winters, while researching our book, "Wines of the Southern Hemisphere," and there really is something special about springtime in the Barossa.

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When we are taking our notes, we can visit up to seven wineries in a day, but you can move at a more leisurely pace. Take time to notice the possibility of vintages yet to come, as the first signs of bud break appear on the vines and enjoy the literal fruits of the labor of vintages past, as winery tasting rooms (called "cellar doors" here) reveal their newly released wines. Fields of wild flowers are bursting into bloom, creating a vibrant patchwork amid rolling hills dotted with almost 150 wineries, some dating back to the Barossa's first settlers in the 1840s.

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The Barossa Farmer's Market is held every Saturday, featuring seasonal produce and tender spring lamb. The wide array of winery cottage accommodations means that after shopping here you can cook your own dinners to pair with the amazing Shiraz, Riesling and Rhone-style blends you've picked up from historic houses such as Yalumba, Peter Lehmann and Jacob's Creek, or newer players like Ben Glaetzer, First Drop, Kaesler, Schild, and Standish. Settled by German, Irish and Scottish immigrants, the Barossa retains the charm of yesteryear, and no spring weekend is complete without at least a few hours touring wineries, visiting markets and enjoying the field to fork movement that never left this part of the world.

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When any wine area is establishing itself on an international stage, it helps to be able to rely on a single grape variety, at least in the beginning. In New Zealand, for example, that was sauvignon blanc; pinot noir followed. For Argentina, the grape has been malbec.

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In Chile, vintners grow a little bit of everything -- the climate, like that of California, is quite diverse -- so it's hard to single out one grape. However, I'd argue that its wine industry is built on cabernet sauvignon, both the bargain versions and the pricier ones. Chile isn't necessarily famous for cab, in the way that its neighbor is for malbec, but cab is the workhorse of the industry.

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to shine. Sauvignon blanc from cooler regions such as Casablanca Valley and Leyda are great buys. Pinot noir from the same regions has gained some traction.

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