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Wine lovers have benefited from an explosion of new vineyards and wine varieties coming onto the market in the last ten years. Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and many other countries have supplanted California as some of the most exciting areas to explore. Within the United States, many regions previously unknown for quality wines have developed into world class wine-producing areas. East Coast residents have long known New York as a source of wines, yet many connoisseurs have looked elsewhere for better quality and variety.

Wine and Wineries is dedicated to making travelers and wine lovers more familiar with quality winemaking areas and their products which all adults can enjoy, regardless of your taste preferences (red, white, blush, or sparkling wines). One important rule to always remember- a good wine is one YOU really like!!

California - Napa / Sonoma Region

California became well known as a winemaking powerhouse beginning in the 1970's - 1980s with such well known areas as Napa Valley, Sonoma, Geyserville, Russian River and Paso Robles- the latter highlighted in the recent hit movie "Sideways", which has generated a strong "cult" following of those who enjoy "road trip" adventure and travel in California- along with a great bottle of wine at the end of the journey. Offerings from Robert Mondavi, Sterling, Jordan, Sebastiani, Morgan, Chalk Hill and many others have grabbed headlines as well as world class rankings. Any visit to San Francisco lasting more than a few days should include a trip to Napa. Here you can sample many good-excellent wines from dozens of wineries- several of which have delightful bed and breakfast inns nearby. Any long weekend in this area should also include a stop in nearby Sonoma- but if you want to venture further South towards Big Sur and San Simeon (home of the Hearst Castle), you should include a side trip to Paso Robles. Here many quality wineries have recently built their operations and established tasting rooms, including such notables as Wild Horse. More California Napa / Sonoma region and wineries...

California - Central Coast Region

California Central Coast region and wineries...

California - Temecula Region

Driving further South on the Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1), you'll encounter quality wines from the Santa Barbara area and Temecula- golf Mecca and home of Callaway Golf and the Callaway WineryMore California Temecula region and wineries...

New York - Upstate Region

New York Upstate region and wineries...

Pennsylvania - Brandywine Valley Region

In the Brandywine Valley region near Philadelphia, perhaps the best known is the Chadds Ford Winery, which has been operating for more than two decades. Over the last 10-15 years, several other wineries have opened and expanded operations nearby, including Kreutz Creek Vineyards, Galer Estate Vineyards, Va-La Vineyards, Stargazer and Paradocz. While most of the wineries in this region are just now fully developing their repertoire of reasonably priced, good quality wines, all are worth visiting for their charm, inviting atmosphere and country chic. More Pennsylvania Brandywine Valley region and wineries... 

Other Pennsylvania wine regions...

Washington State Region

Those explorers tempted to extend a California visit toward the Northwest can enjoy a huge variety of quality wines from Oregon and Washington state, where sauvignon blanc has become quite well respected and extensively developed by such vineyards as Chateau Ste. Michelle. More Washington region and wineries...