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					Wine Country Gallery We’ve discovered so many wonderful wineries and places to stay, they’re practically spilling off our pages! Here are some more we’d like you to know about. To learn even more, visit www.touringandtasting.com or the individual websites listed below. Sandusky, Ohio Firelands Winery On the southern shore of Lake Erie lies a spot of land that has been producing grapes since 1800. Today, that same land has been incorporated into the present Firelands facility, which is now the largest winery in the state of Ohio. It pioneered the establishment of European vinifera grape varieties in the east, and beyond the recommendations listed below, also produces Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. TRY ’05 Cabernet Sauvignon; ’07 Gewürztraminer; ’07 Pinot Grigio HOURS Tasting Room Open Mon-Thur 9-5; Fri-Sat 9-6; Sun 1-5 CONTACT 419.625.5474; www.firelandswinery.com

Ashland, Oregon Ashland Springs Hotel Standing proud in the heart of downtown Ashland, right next to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s theaters, is this elegantly restored historic landmark. The Ashland Springs Hotel offers 70 tastefully appointed non-smoking guest rooms, an English garden, banquet/conference space, and delicious food at Larks, a restaurant that celebrates Oregon’s farms, orchards, vineyards, and chocolates. With superb service and luxurious surroundings, the Ashland Springs Hotel is ideal lodging on a visit to southern Oregon’s Rogue River Valley. RATES $96-$130 CONTACT 541.488.1700; www.ashlandspringshotel.com

Walla Walla, Washington Dunham Cellars One would not expect to find barrels of wine inside a rustic, remodeled World War II era airplane hangar, but the unexpected is exactly what family-owned Dunham Cellars does. They consistently make great wine varietals from prime locations around the Walla Walla Valley appellation, where they have also continued to plant their own Estate vineyards to increase production. Their wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Trutina (a Bordeaux-style blend), Three Legged Red (a table wine), Chardonnay, and Riesling.

TRY ’05 Lewis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; ’05 Columbia Valley Syrah HOURS Tasting Room Open daily 11-4 CONTACT 509.529.4685; www.dunhamcellars.com

Wenatchee, Washington Chateau Faire Le Pont winery Located in the beautiful Wenatchee Valley in Central Washington is a boutique winery known for its innovative, award-winning blends that have been inspired by old world traditions. Every wine produced by Chateau Faire Le Pont has exceptional structure and complexity. Their renovated 1920’s fruit staging warehouse is also the perfect space for weddings and events. There is a full tasting room and an elegant restaurant, La Bonne Terre. TRY ’05 Tre Amore; ’04 Provence HOURS Tasting Room Open Sun-Tues 11-6; Wed-Sat 11-9 CONTACT 888.874.9463; www.fairelepont.com

Kelseyville, California Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa On the shore of Clearlake, at the base of Mount Konocti, lies Northern California’s premier lakefront destination resort. With an indoor concert showroom and an outdoor amphitheatre that hosts nearly 100 shows per year, the resort is perfect for an entertainment-fueled visit to Lake County, a resurging region for vineyards and wineries. The hotel features 250 rooms, beach cottages, apartments, suites, swimming pools, picnic/BBQ’s, arcade, pier, boat slips, mini golf, tennis courts, a marina with rentals, the Classic Rock Café, a waterfront nightclub, and the fullservice Dancing Springs Spa. RATES $69-$799 CONTACT 707.279.4281; www.konoctiharbor.com

Kenwood, California VJB Vineyards & Cellars Although the 1999 harvest brought the first vintage under the name of VJB, wine has been a constant in the Belmonte family for many generations. From the rolling hills of the Sonoma Valley, their wines express the unique qualities of the land and a strong family tradition. It’s a combination that delivers exceptional vintages made from their estate grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Aglianico. An annual production of just 4,000

cases is sold exclusively at their tasting room or through membership of their wine club, Club Enoteca. TRY ‘04 Dante; ‘05 Mendocino Barbera HOURS Tasting Room Open daily 10-5 CONTACT 707.833.2300; www.vjbcellars.com

Paso Robles, California Summerwood Winery Summerwood produces small lot, ultra-premium wines that are available exclusively at their Westside Paso Robles estate. Set amidst majestic oaks and rolling vineyards, the winery is a comfortable haven to enjoy the fruits of the harvest. The estate also includes the Summerwood Inn, which offers nine guest rooms for a tranquil wine country getaway. With each vintage their goal is to craft the best wine possible, and Summerwood believes that process begins in the vineyard. TRY ’04 Diosa; ’04 Syrah-James Berry Vineyard; ’07 Chardonnay HOURS Tasting Room Open Daily 10-5:30 (10-6 in summer months) CONTACT 805.227.1365; www.summerwoodwine.com

Santa Rosa, California Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Set on a knoll above Santa Rosa, this Hilton has one of the best views in Sonoma County, where guests have easy access to the many wineries available nearby. The beautiful vista features the city’s landmark red Round Barn and much of Santa Rosa to the south, as well as the high hills that form its eastern limits. Although it’s a large 250-room facility with several wings, the Hilton’s architecture and interior design successfully evokes a more intimate feeling. RATES $139- $239 CONTACT 707.523.7555; www.winecountryhilton.com

Sonoma, California The Lodge at Sonoma As a Renaissance Resort & Spa, the Lodge in Sonoma Valley offers complete tranquility amongst some of the country’s finest wineries. The resort combines authentically artisan surroundings with contemporary facilities, making it perfect for meetings, social events, weddings, or a

romantic weekend getaway only an hour north of San Francisco. The Raindance Spa offers relaxation and revitalization, and the Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar serves local wines and innovative Mediterranean cuisine. RATES $219-$795 CONTACT 707.935.6600; www.thelodgeatsonoma.com

Sonoma, California Vineyard Estate Rental This private vineyard estate can sleep 2 to 10 people in the heart of Northern California’s wine country. Although Sonoma County’s many wineries and leisure activities are located nearby, there’s really no reason to leave the estate. With a pool, a spa, two waterfalls, acres of beautiful gardens and vineyards, a private chef, and spa services all available, this villa is the ultimate wine country getaway, perfect for families, couples, or corporate retreats. Touring & Tasting Wine Club members receive a 10% discount. RATES $1,000-$1,250 CONTACT 707.933.8125; www.napavalleyvacationrentals.net

Soquel, California Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery Many guests at Hunter Hill winery stroll through the vineyards up to the gazebo to have a picnic, taking in the beautiful view of the Nicene Marks Forest. Others rest comfortably on the patio, among the vines, with a glass of wine. It’s a great place to enjoy many estate varietals, from a dark Merlot to a light Sauvignon Blanc. Located just two miles up the road from downtown Soquel, the winery is only open on the weekends, but welcomes groups by appointment. TRY ’06 Cabernet Sauvignon “Proprietor’s Reserve”; ’07 Pinot Noir Estate HOURS Tasting Room Open Sat-Sun 11-4 CONTACT 831.465.9294; www.hunterhillwines.com

Temecula, California Thornton Winery Thornton Winery is a food, wine, and music experience all wrapped in one in the Temecula Wine Country. It produces award-winning method Champenoise and premium varietal wines, from Riesling to Syrah. One day at Thornton Winery may include shopping at the gift shop, wine

tasting at the trendy C-Bar, and dining at Café Champagne. There is also a seasonal Champagne Jazz series that features nationally known artists. Banquet and wedding facilities are available. TRY ’06 Cabernet-Merlot; NV Cuvée Rouge HOURS Tasting Room Open Daily 10-5 CONTACT 951.699.0099; www.thorntonwine.com


				
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