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Vermont produces world-class, award-winning cheeses in a wide array of styles. Photo: Sabin Gratz Maple syrup may be Vermont’s best-known product among the general public, but for years those in the dairy industry have watched the state’s meteoric rise as one of the very best cheese producers on earth. Vermont cheddars, the cornerstone of the state’s cheese making history, have repeatedly beaten the best cheddars of other top cheese producing states like Wisconsin, along with the birthplace of the cheese, England, in prestigious tasting competitions. After taking home the ”world’s best cheddar” title on several different occasions, Vermont spread its wings and now produces all kinds of world-class cheeses, especially those made from goat and sheep milk, alpine-style cheeses in the tradition of Switzerland and higher-altitude parts of France, and soft cow’s milk cheeses in similar style to French brie or camembert. These artisanal cheeses are sold at top gourmet retailers across the nation and increasingly seen by name on the menus of some of the country’s finest restaurants. Despite being one of the smallest states in the nation (sixth) with the second-least inhabitants, Vermont just took home half a dozen gold medals at the 2011 World Cheese Championships – more than some entire countries.

Chenin Blanc

By most estimates the Green Mountain State has more cheese makers per capita than any other place, and about 45 producers belong to the Vermont Cheese Council. The state is home to the nation’s largest cheese aging cave, a 22,000 square foot facility consisting of seven underground vaults. It is owned by Jasper Hill Farm , one of the most acclaimed dairies in the cheese-mad state, but shared and used for aging by several artisanal cheese makers.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

Now Vermont is doing more than just making and selling great cheese, they are using it to drive tourism and educate the public.

Cabernet Shiraz India



MAXVILLE, Wis. — Authorities in west-central Wisconsin say a small plane has crashed during takeoff, killing the lone occupant.

Sauvignon Blanc

LA CRESCENT, Minn. — Brad Helstad always had an interest in farming, but working in the corporate world of the transportation industry, he never thought he’d get the chance to do any more than dream about it. But a one-day workshop he added 10 years ago changed all of that.

Chenin Blanc

Now, Helstad is the owner, operator, marketer and every other job that’s involved with running River View Vineyard and Winery on Apple Blossom Scenic Drive in La Crescent. His operation has been open to the public since August 2011, but the work leading up to that opening began in 2003 with the establishment of his vines to provide a consistent fruit source.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



Do blends change from vintage to vintage? In some cases, most definitely. Williamsburg Winery winemaker Matthew Meyer explains a difference between his outstanding Gabriel Archer vintages...

Rosé

Blending in Do blends change from vintage to vintage? In some cases, most definitely. Williamsburg Winery winemaker Matthew Meyer explains a difference between his outstanding Gabriel Archer vintages – 2006, currently available, and the 2007 vintage, which will be released in the fall.

Sauvignon Blanc

"Both vintages have an old-world-style approach to them, giving them some similar attributes. However, one big difference is the amount of petit verdot in each blend. The 2006 has 6 percent petit verdot, and the 2007 has 30 percent.

Chenin Blanc



Currently he conducts tastings, formal or informal, upon request, and twice a year partners in a tasting with Chef Ian Thomlinson Upstairs at Rome’s.

Cabernet Shiraz

With Canada Day just around the corner, let’s talk Canadian wine. Practically speaking, we are limited to Ontario, as little else is available here.

Rosé

In the case of B.C., this is unfortunate, as their thriving industry, centered in the Okanagan Valley, produces some excellent wines.

Sauvignon Blanc



Maria's Sangria, left, and Maria's Sangarita on the shelves of Prairie State Winery in Genoa, Ill. on Sunday, June 17, 2012.

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Wine country. The words inspire visions of the rolling hillsides of Napa and Sonoma, thick with grape vines and ripe with luscious nectar. Now add the word "Illinois" before "wine country" and the picture changes drastically, tinged with visions of cherries, blueberries and Concord grapes.

Cabernet Shiraz

In many ways, winemakers will tell you, that vision is a just a partial snapshot, a remnant of the Illinois wine industry of a decade ago. Today the state's wine scene is maturing. Illinois has seen its wineries multiply from 12 in 1997 to nearly 100. There are even a series of wine trails, one of which meanders through the northern part of the state.

Rosé



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