Cool Wineries Across the US

1. Del Dotto

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Looking for a fabulous winery to visit in your area or when you’re on vacation? Here are some of the highest rated wineries in the country.

a. Where: Napa, California

b. The Skinny: The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Aside from that, it is a gorgeous winery that has an Italian feel. Del Dotto is also known for having very smooth wine.

c. Wine We Recommend: Cabernet Franc

2. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

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a. Where: Napa, California

b. The Skinny: People have raved that this is the “must go to” winery in California. Visit this winery is you are looking for something smaller and more intimate.

c. Wine We Recommend: Cask 23

3. Benton-Lane Winery

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a. Where: Monroe, Oregon

b. The Skinny: This winery recently updated their grounds by expanding the tasting room, patio and putting in a new pizza oven. They are known for their beautiful flowers and for the great views of the property that can be seen from their patio. Reviewers rave about the Pinot Noir.

c. Wine We Recommend: 2007 Pinot Noir

4. Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard

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a. Where: Peconic, New York

b. The Skinny: Sannino gives a long and informative wine tour that lasts for up to 2 hours. Guests can expect to go from the vineyards to the crushing room to the barrels. Most people love the fact that the tour is usually given by the Vineyard’s owner.

c. Wine We Recommend: White Merlot

5. Frog’s Leap Winery

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a. Where: Napa, California

b. The Skinny: This wine tour is super affordable. You will only pay $20 for 4 kinds of wine to taste and you get complimentary cheese. The large tasting room is very warm and feels like you’re in a home. Be sure to make an appointment before you go, as tours are only available with a reservation.

c. Wine We Recommend: Petite Sirah

6. Chateau Ste Michelle

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a. Where: Woodinville, Washington

b. The Skinny: This winery is absolutely gorgeous. The wine tour is highly informative and the grounds are lovely if you want to stop for a picnic. This is also a site for various concerts. I would love to go to a concert at a winery!

c. Wine We Recommend: 2012 Riesling

7. Jordan Vineyard and Winery

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a. Where: Sonoma, California

b. The Skinny: The wines, food pairing and the hospitality make this estate one of the best in California. The tour guides are charismatic and extremely friendly and knowledgeable.

c. Wine We Recommend: 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon

8. Wollersheim Winery

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a. Where: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin

b. The Skinny: Great place to stop by for a tour if you live in the Midwest. The wine tour is only $5 for 5 wine samples. The grounds are stunning and the flowers on the property are beautiful.

c. Wine We Recommend: Dry Riesling

9. Bogle Vineyards

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a. Where: Clarksburg, California

b. The Skinny: This Vineyard spans across 1,000 acres of land. The tasting room is an old country house with a fabulous view of the vineyards. The picnic area is picturesque.

c. Wine We Recommend: Essential Red

10. Lemon Creek Winery

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a. Where: Berrien Springs, Michigan

b. The Skinny: Though there is just a satellite tasting room here, it is supposed to be one of the best wineries in Michigan. The staff is very knowledgeable and the gift shop is a great place to buy a souvenir.

c. Wine We Recommend: Cherry Wine

11. Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery

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a. Where: Galena, Illinois

b. The Skinny: This is a smaller winery, but it has fantastic views and a beautiful setting. Who knew you could find a fabulous winery in Illinois.

c. Wine We Recommend: Sparkling Segval Blanc

12. Chateau Chantal

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a. Where: Traverse City, Michigan

b. The Skinny: This winery is unique because it is perched on a high hill with breathtaking views of Traverse City. It is recommended that guests stay at the Inn after touring the grounds, as you are able to sample wine once the winery closes.

c. Proprietor’s Reserve Trio

13. Schramsberg Vineyard

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a. Where: Calistoga, California

b. The Skinny: The wine tour is very unique as all the tastings are done in caves. The tour is very romantic and is recommended for couples.

c. Wine We Recommend: Mirabelle Brut

14. J Vineyards

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a. Where: Healdsburg, California

b. The Skinny: The tasting room at this winery was recently named the “ Best Winery Tasting Room in the West”. This winery provides an elegant setting with exquisite art.

c. Wine We Recommend: Pinot Gris

15. Torre Di Pietra

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a. Where: Fredericksburg, Texas

b. The Skinny: This winery is fun as it has a pavilion, dance floor and frequently has a live band playing. One guest claims that “the wines were out of this world”.

c. Wine We Recommend: Sangiovese

16. Swedish Hill Winery

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a. Where: Romulus, New York

b. The Skinny: This is one of the most popular wineries in New York. The tour guides are engaging and knowledgeable. Another plus is that the bottles of wine are not super expensive.

c. Wine We Recommend: Riesling Cuvee

17. River Bend Vineyard

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a. Where: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

b. The Skinny: People rave about the excellent experience that they have each and every time they visit this winery. The patio is large and relaxing and there is often a live band.

c. Wine We Recommend: Santosha

18. Two Rivers Winery

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a. Where: Grand Junction, Colorado

b. The Skinny: Two Rivers Winery has an impressive tasting room and a beautiful chateau. Another plus is that the wine is priced very reasonably.

c. Wine We Recommend: 2012 Merlot

19. Ste. Chapelle Winery

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a. Where: Caldwell, Idaho

b. The Skinny: This winery is one of the new kids on the block as it is only 13 years old. The employees are very friendly and happy to answer questions about the wine making process. This boutique winery is a must visit.

c. Wine We Recommend: 2010 Winemakers Merlot

20. Merryvale Vineyards

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a. Where: St. Helena, California

b. The Skinny: Another beautiful winery in California. People rave about the wine and cheese tour here. The Cask room is a notable feature of the winery as it has two stories of historic 2,000-gallon casks and with great stone walls and timber beams.

c. Wine We Recommend: Pinot Noir

Looking for a fabulous winery to visit in your area or when you’re on vacation? Here are some of the highest rated wineries in the country.


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