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Wine America head Bill Nelson was lauded in a farewell reception at a Capitol Hill hotel last week. The trade association he headed since 2005 has lost about 150 members in recent years.

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When the effects of this recession on the wine industry are counted up, we will know how many wineries closed or were sold, how many vineyard acres were torn out, maybe even how many $50 wines dropped to $30. One effect, however, will be difficult to quantify: the loss of Bill Nelson as president of Wine America.

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appellation , wine producer , and winemaker--the last is arguably both the most and least important. The winemaker is the most critical factor in what comes out of the bottle, yet all winemakers are at the mercy of Mother Nature. In this final post in the Wine 101 blog series, I'll talk about four important aspects of the winemaker's art and offer recommendations of wines that illustrate each point.

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I will argue that the winemaker is the most important element in the sense that given the same terroir, vintage, and appellation, one winemaker can outperform others on a yearly basis. For example, Manfred Krankl from Sine Qua None commands the highest prices of any producer from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA , yet works with many of the same vineyard fruits as other winemakers.

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Mark Vlossak from St. Innocent Winery in Salem, Oregon, is in the heart of pinot noir country. The year 2007 was a challenging vintage as cool temperatures blanketed the Willamette Valley and grapes struggled to ripen. Rain also dampened spirits, and the lack of sun forced many growers to pick unripe grapes in fear of losing the crop to rot. Vlossak decided to gamble and hired pickers early to pull off any and all leaves that would block sunlight to shine on the grape clusters. He also waited to pick until the rain stopped and sunlight reappeared, allowing grapes to increase their sugar levels enough to make good wine. This experienced winemaker gambled and was rewarded with wines that far exceeded his fellow producers. Other than Bergstrom, no one made better wines in 2007.

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Spending an afternoon in a SonomaValley vineyard sipping from a heavenly $450 bottle of Verite2007 La Joie is hard to beat. Shelling out a tenth of that forsomething just as memorable is even better.

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I recently sampled some of California’s most sought-after -- and priciest -- cult wines. Among the highlights were a 2006Cardinale Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($250) and the La Joie,both of which received perfect scores from Wine Enthusiastmagazine and uber-critic Robert Parker.

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To find bottles that could stand in for their priciercounterparts, I asked sommeliers, vintners and fellowconnoisseurs for recommendations. The wines had to be limitedproduction, made with grapes from the same farms that cultproducers use, or have a famous winemaker attached to theproject. Plus, cost as close to $50 as possible.

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Carriage rides were one of the activities visitors enjoyed at Mackinaw Valley Winery during Wild West Days on Sunday afternoon.

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MACKINAW — Heat shimmered over central Illinois corn and soybean fields Sunday as temperatures climbed into the 90s. But at Mackinaw Valley Winery, grapes were moist and glistening.

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Several hundred people drove to the vineyard for the first wild west show held in the area in 105 years, said Diane Hahn, who operates the vineyard with her husband, Paul.

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By GEORGE TIBBITS(AP)– 1 hour ago SEATTLE — Hong Kong and mainland China are developing a strong thirst for wine, and Washington and Oregon are hoping for a taste of those growing markets.

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So far, only a trickle of Northwest wines make it to Asian countries outside of Japan. But experts say as affluence grows in China's booming economy, so will the demand for the finer things in life.

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The recession hurt U.S. wine sales to most of the world last year, but not to Hong Kong, where the value of American wine imports jumped 138 percent to $40 million.

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