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Cabernet Shiraz India

Friends told us. The concierges at the hotel told us. Travel books told us. When you tour the vineyards of Mendoza, hire a driver. It's easier and safer.

Rosé India

Nonetheless, when my friend Jonathan and I set our sights on Lujan de Cuyo, an Argentine wine region that begins just outside the city of Mendoza, we rented a car. After all, it's only a few miles. How hard could it be? We had just spent a few days in Mendoza, a lovely blend of understated sophistication and truly tempting languor. It's also the capital of the province of the same name. As we enjoyed dinner at a sidewalk cafe one summer evening in December, students celebrated their graduation by cruising through the city -- really more of a big town -- in an open-air bus, singing and cheering. Every night we were there, a different celebration broke out spontaneously.

Sauvignon Blanc India



After advertising the empty barrels for $35 apiece in the winery?s December newsletter, the supply sold out in just two days, Lakewood co-owner Liz Stamp says.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

Though the 7- and 8-year-old barrels were too old to impart toasty or nutty notes to their contents any longer, they were still liquid-tight and suitable for storing wine, cider or vinegar, catching rainwater or holding plants.

Cabernet Shiraz India

The winery now has a waiting list for next year?s supply of retired barrels. For more information, call the winery at (607) 535-9252.

Rosé India



Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Michael Brochu, chief executive officer of Global Market Insite Inc., is always looking for new investments. So when a friend called with an opportunity, Brochu was ready to listen.

Chenin Blanc

“He said, ‘How about a vineyard in Argentina?’” recalled Brochu, whose company conducts online surveys for market- research firms. “Of course, I hung up the phone.” Brochu, a self-described “Texas boy” with about 700 bottles of wine in his Seattle home, eventually came around to the idea of being a part-time winery owner. Now the 56-year-old financier, who has sold three companies with a total value of about $1 billion, is waiting to taste the fruit of his latest investment.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

Brochu’s vineyard is part of a venture called The Vines of Mendoza in Argentina’s Uco Valley. An investment of $150,000 gets you three acres to plant your choice of wine grapes. You also get as much or as little help as you want from a team of local experts, including veteran winemaker Santiago Achaval of Achaval-Ferrer in Mendoza.

Cabernet Shiraz India



--> The Niagara wine region is already a tourist destination in warmer months, but its annual Niagara Icewine Festival is drawing crowds during chilly January, as well. And it's not just any celebration: When a festival stretches out over three weekends, you know it has arrived.

Sauvignon Blanc

The big draw is that sweet nectar known as ice wine, and Ontario has become famous for it. The festival, which takes place Jan. 15 to 31, allows guests to partake in all sorts of ways?from galas and food pairings to a foray into a frozen vineyard for some hands-on (and coats-on) experience (for more on ice wine, see page 60).

Chenin Blanc

I attended last year's festival, the 14th annual, for a taste of what it had to offer. Initially, the schedule looked daunting: so much wine, so little time. I soon realized the key was planning.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



Visit a local vineyard: I am putting this at the top of the list. No matter where you are in the world, wineries add to the cultural landscape of any area or region, SouthCoast included. Whether it is the beauty of scenic Westport Rivers, the hip, urban feel of Travessia Winery, or the rural appeal of Running Brook Vineyard, a visit to any of these wineries will leave you with a sense of pride that they are a part of the South Coast.

Rosé

Experiment with a different price range: If you are one of those drinkers who believe you have to spend at least $20 to get a good bottle of wine, each time you are shopping in 2010, ask the wine specialist on hand to suggest what they think is a great bottle of wine for less than $10. You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are some great wines out there that just happen to be inexpensive. And for those who never spend more than $10 on a bottle, treat yourself at least one splurge in 2010! Throw away any stereotypes: If you refuse to drink wine with a screw-cap, only drink wines from France, or think all pink wines are sweet, a good resolution is to rid yourself of any wine stereotypes you may harbor. Keep an open mind and whatever category you have boycotted through the years, embrace in 2010. You might just find a new favorite.

Sauvignon Blanc

Try a new wine or varietal: If you drink the same wine or varietal all the time, try something new. Even though my philosophy is to drink what you like and like what you drink, wine is like food, and we rarely consume the same food day in and day out. Tell the wine person at your local shop what your favorite wine has been and ask them to suggest something different but similar in style. Or host a wine tasting party and ask guests to bring a bottle of anything but your favorite. This will give you and your guests an opportunity to taste many different wines, but the expense will be shared by everyone.

Chenin Blanc



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