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Because +Lightning Wines are tasted at another winery, it’s up to PJ to create an experience that is uniquely Lightning Wines, and that she does well. Her gifted storytelling, coupled with her Southern mannerisms and turns of phrases, were the icing on the cake, leaving us with a comfortable, warm feeling inside. The tasting evoked sitting around a dinner table, with PJ leading us in a lively discussion of the winery’s short history, the origin of the name Lightning, and the background of each wine as we tasted it. When you visit, make sure to ask her the story about 'Mr. Lightning.' ~+Elizabeth Smith

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The +Hudson-Chatham Winery Tannersville tasting and retail space feels like an old-fashioned general store. Chalkboard-style signs adorned the space, adding a sense of familiarity and humor. While the winery makes a few lovely wines from Vitis vinifera grapes, like the riesling, merlot and pinot noir I tasted, Hudson-Chatham flourishes as a producer of local, hybrid varietal wines. I continue to be in love with the Hudson-Chatham Baco Noir. The four offerings tasted during this visit were off-the-charts delicious, each demonstrating a sense of place that is pervasive and persistent. ~+Elizabeth Smith

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By far, Hendry Ranch Winery provided the most comprehensive tour and tasting I have ever experienced. Those who are new to the Napa Valley, grape growing, winemaking, how to taste wine, and wine and food pairing would benefit greatly from a morning spent with second-generation vintner and winemaker, George O. Hendry. ~+Elizabeth Smith

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The focus is on sustainability, hospitality and quality wines at Virginia's Athena Vineyards and Winery.

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+Iron Horse Vineyards, renowned for their sparkling wines, is one of Sonoma County's most beautiful, home-grown, family-owned wineries dedicated to producing estate-bottled wine. The tastings are alfresco with a choice of a Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, or Bubbly flight. ~+Martin Redmond

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Everything about Sonoma's +DaVero Farms & Winery appealed to me. When I arrived at DaVero’s humble farm, I suspected that this would be another impactful wine experience, and it was. At DaVero, they have elected to produce the best of Italy in its sister climate of Dry Creek Valley, unhurriedly, with great attention to quality, authenticity, land, and community.

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Arriving at The Dog and Oyster Vineyard, you can feel the quintessential Southern ambiance. Large swaths of vibrant, green vineyards line the meandering, dirt road. Slowly, after a right turn just past the Merlot, the vines part to reveal The Wine Stand. It's a quaint cottage-like tasting room with a screened porch similar in concept to a local, country “fruit” stand. Glistening, crushed oyster shells pave the parking lot reminding visitors that they’re in oyster country. If you are in Virginia, make it a point to seek out this little gem. You won’t be disappointed.

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Some of the biggest, fanciest, and most famous tasting rooms in all of the Napa Valley would be visible from that picnic table, were it not for the grapevines and the trees, and yet it’s difficult to imagine an experience at any of them surpassing that which we had seated casually, talking and sipping, and enjoying a warm summer day around a tired, old picnic table, being serenaded by peacocks with the smell of smoke wafting about in the morning air. If you’re heading to Calistoga, I suggest you call ahead and arrange a tasting at the +Tedeschi Family Winery - Napa Valley, CA, where the excellent wines will be but a compliment to a truly extraordinary experience. Take the time not only to taste, but also to talk, and you will quickly learn what makes the Tedeschi Family Winery a special place.

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Reverie translates loosely to “daydream” in French, and amidst the cultivated gardens and unthinkably tall stands of redwoods, it would be irreverent, and probably impossible, not to do so. It is a small operation, producing only 2.5-3K cases of wine annually, and seeing only 3-4 groups of guests a day, representing one of the more exclusive experiences to be had anywhere in the area. The wines are incredible, the service excellent, and the environment perhaps unparalleled. 

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In 2015, the new era of +MacRostie Winery & Vineyards hospitality began with the opening of their modern and beautiful Estate House a few miles outside of Healdsburg, California. Surrounded by Thale’s Vineyard, both indoor and outdoor seating options offer splendid views of the Russian River Valley. While the pinot noirs were fantastic, I could not take my mind off of the chardonnays. I have become picky about chardonnay and find it difficult to find ones I really enjoy unless they are from Burgundy. Although I usually shy away from chardonnays that go through 100% primary and secondary malolactic fermentation, these three were nothing short of outstanding. ~+Elizabeth Smith
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