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21 Outstanding Sonoma Pinot Noirs

21 Outstanding Sonoma Pinot Noirs | Winecations | Scoop.it
Wine Spectator reviews, including scores and tasting notes, of outstanding Pinot Noir bottlings from the 2009 vintage in the Sonoma region of California, focusing on the appellations of Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley.
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Paso Robles Press Lush Limo Service launches Wine Country Personal Drivers

Paso Robles Press Lush Limo Service launches Wine Country Personal Drivers | Winecations | Scoop.it
When Travis Vaughn first came to Paso Robles from Southern California nearly a decade ago, he had just one goal in mind: Assist his mother through personal hardship by helping out with her high-end bed & breakfast, High Ridge Manor.
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Welcome to the Hotel Healdsburg, A Different Concept for the Wine Country

Welcome to the Hotel Healdsburg, A Different Concept for the Wine Country | Winecations | Scoop.it
I fell in love with the town of Healdsburg about a year ago when I visited with my sister. At the time, she was there on a business trip and I tagged along and enjoyed discovering the rather hip (sometimes hippie) and trendy town with music at the plaza on Summer Tuesdays. I loved walking with her and by myself, visiting some of the nearby wineries and flower gardens, entering the quaint little shops and bookstores.
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More than 80 wineries featured at Finger Lakes Wine Festival

More than 80 wineries pouring 600 varieties of wine will be featured at this weekend’s 15th annual Finger Lakes Wine Festival at Watkins Glen International. The event will also include live music, a brewers’ garden and more.
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Lompoc Wine Ghetto: Get Your Wine On Alternative

Lompoc Wine Ghetto: Get Your Wine On Alternative | Winecations | Scoop.it
Substance outshines style at Santa Barbara County's low-key Lompoc Wine Ghetto. A semi-industrial office park that's in the...
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Two-bedroom Napa Valley home for $13.75 million

Two-bedroom Napa Valley home for $13.75 million | Winecations | Scoop.it
Listing: 2 bedroom, 4 bath, 2 additional guest residences, Cabernet vineyard Location: Napa Valley, California Price: $13.75 million More than 25 years ago, the Ristows thought they knew exactly where they wanted to build their first Napa Valley...
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Rutherford winery and vineyard sold for $40 million

Rutherford winery and vineyard sold for $40 million | Winecations | Scoop.it
Sloan Estate, an ultra-private winery and vineyard in Rutherford, has been sold by owner Stuart Sloan to Goldin Financial Holdings,...
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Insurance Giant Buys Bordeaux's Château Lascombes

Insurance Giant Buys Bordeaux's Château Lascombes | Winecations | Scoop.it
A French insurance company, Mutuelle d’Assurances du Corps de Santé Français, has acquired Château Lascombes, a second-growth in Bordeaux’s Margaux appellation, for 200 million euros, or about $280 million, from American private equity investors...
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To Kalon Vineyard Receives Prestigious Vineyard of the Year Award

To Kalon Vineyard, one of the historic vineyards owned and farmed by Andy Beckstoffer in the Napa Valley, was selected as the 2011 Vineyard of the Year in the California State Fair Wine Competition.
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Exploring Bordeaux

Exploring Bordeaux | Winecations | Scoop.it
The brilliant sunshine of a southern France spring plays across vast, rolling fields of venerable grape vines. Row upon row march up and over the undulating landscape of the Dordogne Valley with military precision. Where the land is flat, their perfectly straight files disappear into distant trees or perhaps one of the many, age-old Châteaus dotting the horizon and hilltops. In the distance, an ancient steeple among a cluster of stone buildings rises out of the vineyards denoting a village.
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Museums With Great Wine

Museums With Great Wine | Winecations | Scoop.it
One used to find Yellow Tail or worse paired with great works of art at museums' dining facilities, but Lettie Teague finds that a wave of museum restaurants from New York (The Modern) to Denver (Palettes) are now offering fine selections.
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Visit South African Wine Country with Snooth's Sweepstakes

Visit South African Wine Country with Snooth's Sweepstakes...
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Yadkin River Wine Trail Hosts Mini-Festivals

Yadkin River Wine Trail Hosts Mini-Festivals | Winecations | Scoop.it
Sample up to 25 different wines during several mini-festivals through October.
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Loire follows Bordeaux, Burgundy with 'earliest ever' harvest

Loire follows Bordeaux, Burgundy with 'earliest ever' harvest | Winecations | Scoop.it
The Loire is the latest wine region to announce that its harvest will be one of the earliest on record this year.
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Buyers look for vacation homes in Sonoma County

Fifteen years ago, real estate broker Scott Adams could count on home sales at Bodega Bay falling into three roughly equal categories: one-third for primary residences, one-third for second homes and one third for vacation rentals.
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Illinois wineries more than just wine

Illinois wineries more than just wine | Winecations | Scoop.it
In the garden of an old house where insurance once was sold are dozens of people enjoying the pairing of bocce ball and wine in what's now part of the Walnut Street Winery plus Saunas in Rochester.
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Madrona Manor Teams Up with Wine Country Bikes for Sonoma Inn & Bike Tour Package

Madrona Manor, the romantic historic inn nestled in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley, is teaming up with Wine Country Bikes in Healdsburg to offer a special wine country getaway for couples: two nights in a deluxe room; a one-day cycling trip through the Dry Creek Valley for two, complete with gourmet picnic lunch and experienced guide; and two one-hour massages.
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Kenwood Inn and Spa: True Luxury and Seclusion in Sonoma

Kenwood Inn and Spa: True Luxury and Seclusion in Sonoma | Winecations | Scoop.it
There are few things more luxurious and relaxing than an exclusive resort tucked away into the lush hills of California wine country that lavishes its guests with amenities and complete peaceful privacy.
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Wrong temperature can spoil wine's taste

The strange thing is that we all should have known better, but the day was so nice and the people so enjoyable that no one really complained.
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Hess Collection Buys Sonoma's MacPhail Wines

The Hess Collection, a Napa Valley winery that built its reputation on Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1990s, is acquiring MacPhail, a small family winery in Sonoma that focuses on Pinot Noir, sources told Wine Spectator.
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Great Escape: Calistoga in Wine Country

Great Escape: Calistoga in Wine Country | Winecations | Scoop.it
Calistoga, in the Napa Valley wine country, is celebrating its 125th Anniversary throughout 2011.
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Temecula Wine Tasting Tours

Temecula Wine Tasting Tours | Winecations | Scoop.it
Temecula wine tasting tours are definitely exciting and astonishingly affordable options for just about all wine enthusiasts. Therefore the next time you plan to consider a little trip why not consider...
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Wine’s Most Powerful People

Wine’s Most Powerful People | Winecations | Scoop.it
Wine magazine Decanter published its 2011 power list this week, ranking the 50 most influential people in the industry. Now that China has ramped up its wine consumption, the Middle Kingdom is gaining respect.
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Castello di Amorosa of Napa Announces Horse-Drawn Vineyard Winery Tours

Castello di Amorosa of Napa Announces Horse-Drawn Vineyard Winery Tours | Winecations | Scoop.it
Castello di Amorosa is stepping back in time to present a unique, horse-drawn vineyard tour and wine tasting. An 1800s vis-&%23224;-vis carriage carries guests on an educational winery...
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Schramsberg still sets the standard for bubbly

Schramsberg still sets the standard for bubbly | Winecations | Scoop.it
California may not be best-known for its bubbly, but thanks in large part to Schramsberg’s efforts more than 40 years ago, there are a good handful of producers who make world-class sparkling wine in our backyard today.
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