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WINE TOURS

ach year, Wine Spectator announces its list of the top 100 wines. Expected to dominate the list are bottles from well-known countries like France and Italy and U.S. regions like Napa and Sonoma. But this year, the top spot went to the 2005 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, a wine from Washington State. The win put the spotlight not only on the Columbia Valley vineyard but also on wines from the Pacific Northwest in general, marking another step forward for the region to being recognized alongside revered industry leaders like Bordeaux, Rioja, and Tuscany.

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✱Riesling, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay thrives in Washington. ✱In Oregon, pinot noir and pinot gris flourish.

Still, when Americans think of the U.S. wine tourism, to the state that leaps th to mind is o often But California. B looking travelers loo for thinner crowds cr pioneers and wine pionee in experiences search of new expe attention can turn their attentio to which Washington and Oregon, whi offer vineyards a wide range of wineries and viney recognized to tour—from internationally reco Michelle powerhouses like Chateau Ste Mi to family-run boutique wineries that produce less than 2,500 cases a year.

French, German, and Italian immigrants planted the seeds for the Pacific Northwest’s wine industry when they settled in the region in the mid-19th century and began to cultivate grapes for at-home winemaking. But viticulture came to a halt during Prohibition and was slow to reignite once the law was repealed. Until, that is, some pioneering spirits ignored expert opinions and decided to explore the possibility of growing grapes and making wine in Washington and Oregon. In Washington, commercial-scale production began in the ’60s, and two of the state’s oldest enterprises have turned into two of the today’s largest. Ten friends—six of whom were University of Washington professors—banded together to form Associated Vintners in 1962, and dedicated themselves to cultivating classic European vinifera in the state. They ultimately turned their vision into Columbia Winery. And the efforts of American Wine Growers attracted legendary California winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, who oversaw the production of the premium line “Ste. Michelle Vintners” in 1967—the winery ultimately adopted the name Chateau Ste. Michelle. Along with wine visionaries, early Pacific Northwest winemakers not only proved these two states could support vineyards but that you could also make high-quality wines. Varietals like riesling, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot thrive in Washington, while Oregon has become a powerhouse for pinot noir and pinot gris.

WINE GLOSSARY

■ American Viticultural Area (AVA) A federally designated wine-grape growing region defined by specific geographic characteristics and specific boundaries. ■ Estate Winery A location that grows the grapes, produces wines, and sells them on site.

■ Microclimate The climate immediately around a small area that impacts the character of a wine. ■ Mouthfeel The physical sensation a wine has on your mouth. ■ Noble Grape A traditional wine phrase to describe grapes said to produce the

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Destinations Magazine - July/August 2010
Contents
Help on the Way
Ending on a HIgh Note
Summer Thrills
100 Winners
Legal Wrangling
All Inclusive
Hit the Books
Horsing Around
Grape Expectations
Tour Stop
The Great Lakes
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   Michigan
   Minnesota
   Ohio
   Wisconsin
The Southeast
   Florida
   Georgia
   North Carolina
   South Carolina
Marketer Opportunity
Just Ruling
Program Worth Saving
Ensuring Security
Gaming Guide
Historical Attractions Guide
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