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Wine Tool Museum Opens at Historic Buena Vista Winery

Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma, Calif., has unveiled a first-of-its-kind museum in California, dedicated to the history of winemaking and its tools. The museum features a collection of rare and authentic 19th and 20th century European viticulture tools that are

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Huntington Wine Cellars: It’s All About the Grapes

Some wineries use only estate-grown grapes when making their wines. Others source grapes from many different areas. Huntington Wine Cellars, based in Healdsburg, California, produces wines made from select varietal grapes grown in several unique vineyard sources throughout California. Crafted

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MacRostie Estate House: Setting a New Standard

Over the past three decades, MacRostie Winery and Vineyards has established itself as one of the Sonoma Coast of California’s defining wineries, and a leader in a bright, balanced and age-worthy style of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Today, MacRostie is

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Biltmore: A Unique Wine Field Trip for the Holidays

No trip to North Carolina is complete without a visit to the Biltmore Estate in Ashville — especially during the holiday season, when the mansion is bedecked with sparkling lights, and the estate’s winery releases a bottling with a special

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Zinfandel and Rhone Varieties Star at Bella

The year was 1999. President Bill Clinton defended himself against impeachment charges, “Shakespeare in Love” won the best movie Oscar, John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, and Lance Armstrong won the

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Forchini Winery: A True American Success Story

From estate-grown to estate-bottled, Forchini Vineyards & Winery is a small, family owned and operated winery committed to making distinctive wines from historic vineyards in the Dry Creek and Russian River Valley appellations of Sonoma County. Having been grape growers

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A New York ‘Vinifera’ Pioneer Still Going Strong After 56 Years

In France, Italy and Germany, it’s not unusual to encounter wineries that have been owned and operated by the same family for generations. Multi-generational wineries are not so common in the United States, partly because America is a relatively young

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Spain’s Bodegas Muga: Even the Barrels Are Made On-Site

There are countless wineries around the world that grow their own grapes, thus controlling the process from vineyard to bottle. But Bodegas Muga, situated in the famed Rioja Alta region of Spain, takes things a step further. It actually has

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The Last Vestige of Winemaking in L.A.

California’s wine tradition began with the Franciscan fathers of the early Spanish missions. In 1833, French winemaker Jean-Louis Vignes brought the first European vines from his native Bordeaux, and planted them in downtown Los Angeles. There, he also built a

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