Wine in Your Own Backyard

Ed Thralls

Ed Thralls

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When you think of “wine country,” do you feel like you’ve got to save up a week of hard-earned vacation time then head out west to Napa or Sonoma and spend that sweet moolah you made with Uncle Rico? Think again.

Wine is made in all 50 states and some very good wine at that. You can easily plan a wine country vacation if you know where to go and what to look for. On the east coast, New York is considered one of the “Big 4” wine states in the U.S. and I hear the Finger Lakes and Long Island regions are quite stunning. However, we visited wineries in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia and were very impressed with the quality of wines we’ve discovered as well the overall wine country experience in each. Every visit we stayed at a nice country inn or B&B, like the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, VA, to really complete the experience. It’s also important to note that many wines in these states are also starting to win awards over their California counterparts.

So, what are you waiting for? The wine country is calling for you in your own state or even next door. After all, California wine wasn’t put on the map until the Judgment of Paris in 1976, so who knows, maybe the next Napa will be discovered right in your own backyard. For more on wine in these states and others, visit

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  3 comments for “Wine in Your Own Backyard

  1. June 23, 2009 at 11:00 PM

    So if we live in California with wineries in our backyards (only a few hours away), should WE be saving for trips to GA, NC and VA? Turnabout is fair play, right? :)

  2. June 24, 2009 at 1:32 AM

    Haha! Very good point… actually maybe you guys should be looking for wines in Arizona or Nevada actually… touche' senor pussy cat…

  3. June 29, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    Living in California….I mostly drink California wines. Could someone recommend some really good wines from some of the other states? I'd love to expand my horizons a little!

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