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The New Wine Highway

In the 1880s, famed plant breeder Luther Burbank realized he wouldn’t have room for his expanding laboratory of plant experiments at his gardens in Santa Rosa. So, he looked to Sebastopol, about seven miles to the west in Sonoma County.

Prospect 772’s Ron Pieretti

Long before the British alcoholic beverage company Diageo scooped up spirit, beer and wine labels across the globe, Rosenblum Cellars was just your spunky little Alameda winery making spunky little wines and offering opportunities to spunky young men like Ron Pieretti.

Impressed by Cahors

Cahors is in the beautiful Lot River Valley, home to stunning scenery, deep history, amazing gastronomic culture and noble red wines.

Flights of Five

In California, wine tasting was once a rural experience. Oenophiles would trek up to Napa or Sonoma, braving dusty roads in daylight to sample sips before 6 p.m. closings.

Fortified Wine

Sherry is one of the world’s most misunderstood and under-appreciated wines.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Wine Country, Somewhere

When I look back to our travels over the years, I find that most of the time when Kathy and I wound up in wine country somewhere — it could be France, Italy, Argentina or Australia — we have come realize these places that grow grapes and make wine are not only special by themselves, but they also spawn a gastronomic counterpart that enhances the travel experience.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Wine Country, Somewhere

When I look back to our travels over the years, I find that most of the time when Kathy and I wound up in wine country somewhere — it could be France, Italy, Argentina or Australia — we have come realize these places that grow grapes and make wine are not only special by themselves, but they also spawn a gastronomic counterpart that enhances the travel experience.

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A Primer on the Wines of the Loire Valley

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Chianti is one of the most popular wines in the world. When made well, this versatile wine goes with many foods, and is a good choice for holiday fare — as its natural acidity and Montmorency cherry flavors complement turkey, beef and ham.

Malbec is King in Argentina

Look South for Value and Quality Wine