The 'Foodiest' Towns and Their Wine Connections

The Colorado town of Boulder has been named “Foodiest Town in America” by Bon Appetit.

The magazine noted that Boulder, which is about an hour away from Denver by car (when the weather is good), is home to several top-tier restaurants and one of the best farmers’ markets in the country.

We’ve enjoyed several visits to Boulder through the years, but have never been overly impressed by its wine scene. Being a college town, it’s much more beer-friendly.

But among the five other outstanding foodie towns cited by Bon Appetit, four offer wine lovers an array of memorable experiences:

* McMinnville, Oregon. Home of the International Pinot Noir Celebration, which will mark its 25th anniversary in 2011. The town is in the heart of the Willamette Valley winegrowing region.

* Big Sur, California. This isn’t a wine town, per se, but it’s close to dozens of Central Coast wineries, and you can find great bottlings at the local restaurants.

* Traverse City, Michigan. Located in Leelanau Peninsula wine country, Black Star Farms is described as “part winery, part creamery, part inn and part farm.” It’s perfect as a home base for a wine-intensive weekend. Yes, some pretty decent wines are made in Michigan.

* Ithaca, New York. Even if you’ve never dined at Ithaca’s Moosewood Restaurant, you’ve probably seen one of its iconic cookbooks. Ithaca is known as the gateway to the Finger Lakes wine region.

You can read more about Boulder and these other foodie towns in the October issue of Bon Appetit.

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