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Wine Notes by Heidi Cusick Dickerson Passersby are drawn by the giant willows weeping in the breeze next to the farm pond and a cupola-topped building. Locals are lured by the reputation of the wines and curiosity about the latest enterprise of the eldest of the Fetzer clan. I wanted to check out Mendocino County's first wine caves at Saracina Winery and Vineyards west of Highway 101 just north of Hopland.

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It is 102 degrees at five o'clock in the evening when I arrive. Driving in I see that bright patch of gold between the vineyards spotted from Highway 101 is a dense field of sunflowers. Along the way I turn left at a stone outbuilding that looks like a hundred year old place in Tuscany. Groves of gnarled-trunk olive trees sprout new growth after being transplanted from a hundred-year-old ranch. A forest of golden willows borders the pond and custom iron chairs grace lawns in front of the caves.

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Getting out of the car next to the new tasting room under construction, I hear jazz music from outside speakers and am drawn to the cave entrance by the heady aroma of wine. Stepping through the ivy-covered entrance into the caves, a steady 60-degree temperature is refreshing. The tasting bar is set up next to an antique sideboard where wine and glasses are stored.

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When I first set off to discover New Jersey wine culture, I didn’t expect to find a whole lot. Within my immediate geographic area (I live in Clifton) are several wine bars and discount wine shops that sometimes offer free tastings, but there are no vineyards — no place where I can track a wine’s humble origins, the process of vine to grape to barrel to bottle.

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In the past, my husband and I always drove to upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region to get our wine fix. I didn’t think we had any other choice. But once I started researching wine spots across New Jersey, I discovered that we really had been missing out. I shouldn’t have been surprised.

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Through the course of three frantic months, we spent every single weekend traveling across all of New Jersey. We drove to the tippy-top — where small family vineyards like that of the Ventimiglias operated — and all the way down to Cape May (which had four of its own wineries, all well worth visiting). In a blur of vineyard after vineyard, our palates slowly changed.

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Ringtail Vineyards & Winery is celebrating its first anniversary and has invited you to join in the fun. The Aug. 28 event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at Ringtail, 32055 Forward Road in Manton. The event will include complimentary wine tasting, live music and local vendors and artists. Delicious Catering will offer its barbecue menu for $8 to $10. For more information, call 474-5350 or visit www.ringtailvineyards.net .

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The More the Merrier There’s a new wine shop in town, and it has a lot going on. Market Street Wines recently opened its doors at 1777 Market St. in Redding, and plans are in the works for a couple of wine tours. The first one, either Sept. 18 or 25, will head to the Carneros District, stopping at both Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards (and possibly one more). Travel by bus and enjoy continental breakfast, mimosas, sparkling wine and a movie. At the wineries, there will be tours, wine tasting and food. For November, a trip to Macchia Winery in Acampo for its fall release is planned. Prices are to be determined. Call 244-9463.

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Bring Your Own Wine The restaurant of The Golf Club at Tierra Oaks offers its popular Exhibition Pasta Night from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. In addition to creating your own pasta extravaganza – from scallops to meatballs, red sauce to Parmesan cream sauce -- the restaurant waives its corkage fee for the weekly food fest. It all happens at 19700 La Crescenta Drive in Redding; 275-0887.

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Saturday's Great Pennsylvania Wine Toast coincides with the grand opening celebration at Blair Vineyards and lots of other good news along the Berks County Wine Trail.

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Reading Eagle: Don Botch Richard Blair and his daughter Missy are eager to welcome visitors to the tasting pavilion at Blair Vineyards' new location near Kutztown.

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Since the beginning of 2010 alone, expansion projects have been progressing at several of the trail's eight sites; nearly 50 awards have rolled in; one winery, Pinnacle Ridge, has been featured on the cover of the leading trade magazine Vineyard & Winery Management, and another, Long Trout, has graced the cover of the state's tourism magazine, Pennsylvania Pursuits.

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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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