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July 11, 2010 04:00 AM Copyright San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Craig Lee / Special to The Chronicle From left: 2007 Chateau Ste Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Abeja Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Amavi Cellars Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Seven Hills Klipsun Vineyard Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Sure, there's a bit of a coals-to-Newcastle feeling about sitting in California, tasting Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington state. But it's also our annual reminder about how much excellent Cab is out there.

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Amy and Michael Helton’s success with Hanover Park Vineyard has inspired others. Now there are 14 vineyards in Yadkin County.

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When husband and wife Michael and Amy Helton opened Hanover Park Vineyard 10 years ago, theirs was the first winery in Yadkin County since the days of Prohibition.

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Bobby Todd, the executive director of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce, considers the Heltons pioneers. Seeing them succeed has inspired others, he said.

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Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat Barry Hoffner, owner of Silverwood Ranch, is among the Pine Mountain grape growers who sought their own American Viticultural Area designation for the Pine Mountain/Mayacamas area. Their request is currently in the notice period.

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Grapevines swayed in the steady breeze brushing across Pine Mountain, which towers over the Alexander Valley floor and the small town of Cloverdale.

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Vineyard owner Barry Hoffner walked through rows of budding vines, which at 2,600 feet were a few weeks behind the already verdant fields down in the valley.

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At the edge of a corn field, in the middle of what looks like is endless prairie, a sign advertises "winery" in block lettering. An arrow points down a gravel road, which leads to White Headed Robin.

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The winery is housed in a red barn built in the 1940s. Inside, a fully-stocked wine rack holds fruit wines with custom-designed labels and names like "Partridge in a Pear Tree" and "Pi," pear and cherry wines.

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Kevin and Michelle Franker opened White Headed Robin Winery two weeks ago, located near Viborg, about 45 miles southwest of Sioux Falls.

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PAUL VIGNA, The Patriot-News Two of those dinners are next weekend, at Galen Glen in northeastern Pennsylvania and Hauser Estate in the central part of the state.

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* Allegro Vineyards in The Brogue, Pa., had a successful encore of its Chef Series on Friday night at the winery, a one-time annual event that was shelved last year. Noticed that winemaker/owner Carl Helrich is among those who can barely find the words to describe the quality of this year's vintage, knock on wood. He compared it in the June 30 entry on his blog to 2002. "We're sitting on one of the most unique, remarkable, quintessentially different vintage that I can remember," he wrote.

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* Serpent Ridge's Karen and Greg Lambrecht echoed Helrich in their recent e-letter. "The grapes are growing really fast in this heat! We can almost see them growing as we are working in the vineyard," they wrote. "Right now, we are "leaf pulling", this process removes the leaves from around the grape clusters in order to allow the wonderful sunshine to assist in the riping process. The new Albarino vines are doing well, they are just now peeking out of the "grow tubes" we placed around the vines. Wine production has been busy as well. Our new "Serpent's Song" a semi-sweet Vidal will be bottled in early August--this will be a refreshing wine (especially in the heat!). Our sparkling Cabernet is nearing completion and will be bottled in August--it tastes fabulous!" The Carroll County winery has started a First Friday event. The next one will run from 4 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 4. Check the website for details, as there is an admission price.

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