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A hailstorm that struck the Sonoita area in August wiped out much of the 2010 harvest. Most wineries are sourcing grapes from other vineyards to make a 2010 release and waiting for their vines to come back in 2011.

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Callaghan Vineyards This is where the Arizona wine industry first received national attention. Kent Callaghan's wines are the first to get rated highly by national publications and experts. Kent Callaghan's wines are the first in the state to get rated highly by national publications and experts.

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Details: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. $7, includes glass, or $3 with glass from another winery. 520-455-5322, callaghanvineyards.com .

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Passengers Peter Macon, Sarah Hollar, Angie Poe and Doug Poe celebrate Doug Poe's birthday on the Lake Norman Cottage wine tasting cruise.

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Captain Don Textor and passengers board their cruise boat for the Lake Norman Cottage wine tasting cruise.

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Judging by the number of wine bars in the area, Lake Norman residents love their vino. For a change in atmosphere, why not take your love to the source or out on the water? One local vineyard welcomes guests to wine tastings and music, while a new Davidson wine shop pairs its tastings with a cruise on the lake.

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Many Lake County wineries are headed in a direction not allowedin Napa County — to become destinations for events as well as wineproducers.

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Although Lake County wineries and growers, like those elsewhere,have been hit hard by the recession, the lower costs of propertythere have helped them sell grapes to thrifty customers.  “The economic dynamics are better here,” says Bryan Kane, whogrows grapes in Lake County for his new Winery SF in San Francisco.“I couldn’t afford to do it in Napa, yet it has a very similarclimate to St. Helena.” Peter Molnar, chairman of the Lake County Winegrape Commission,and a grower and vintner with property in both Carneros and up to2,600 feet in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County, notes thatgrowers have been hurt not only by the weak economy that reducesgrape prices, but an inventory glut — and lack of financing tocarry it. “Some growers are struggling and some have sold theirgrapes, but all wineries are in an inventory control mode,” hesaid.

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He adds that many growers with unsold — or undervalued — fruithave considered making bulk wine, but only bigger growers withstrong winery connections seem to be very successful that way.

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I know most often times this column is used to explore the many different perspectives of our community of Waseca, but this time I’m going to give my perspective on this awesome part of the great state of Minnesota. What a fantastic state we live in with so much to do; any season we have a number of things to keep us busy. This fall weather has been exceptionally gorgeous and what a better way to spend the day than on a winery tour of Southern Minnesota. Now mind you, I am not any kind of sommelier, master vintner or oeneologist, but I do have the ability to distinguish what kinds of wine I do like and those that I don’t.

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It all started a couple of months ago on a short day trip to take my daughter up to my folks’ for the weekend and to visit my Dad’s manufacturing plant. We were on our way through Waconia when I noticed a sign for a small local vineyard that offered wine tastings. Of course it sparked my interest and it would be on the daily agenda after visiting my father later that afternoon. A few short hours later we found ourselves driving on a windy road through a beautiful canopy of oak trees leading us to Parley Lake Winery. It was truly scenic, on a hill overlooking a lake with nothing but trees as far off into the distance as one could see. It was here where it all began with a simple brochure about Minnesota’s Heartland Wine Trail. We looked at our watches and decided that with a quick jaunt over to Jordan, we could make it before Crofut Family Winery closed. Here, it was evident by all of the photos and newspaper clippings on the wall that this was something the family had done for years — which was marked by the delicious wine.

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It wasn’t until last Friday that we decided to finish that tour of the remaining five cold climate wineries on the trail. (Listen to me, I sort of sound like I know what I’m talking about!) We started our day trip heading north up to Delano to the Woodland Hill Winery where we were welcomed by “Vinnie”, the family’s dog, who even has a wine named after him! Next on the list came Kimball and the Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery. It was here where Don and John, a father/son duo with Hungarian heritage sent a bottle of wine with us to deliver to the next vineyard, after they showed us a short cut to get to Spicer. We were on a tight schedule and needed to get to the edge of Green Lake before 6 p.m..

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Contributed Hidden Ridge winery in Sonoma County, California, has steep hillsides that is perfect for growing cabernet sauvignon.

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I was recently invited to a dinner featuring wines from Sonoma County, California's, Hidden Ridge Vineyards, a winery specializing exclusively in cabernet sauvignon.

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Hidden Ridge focuses on mountain-grown cabernet and that, as wine aficionado's know, makes a world of difference.

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