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Wine Advisor Express:
Why not visit a winery?

In the U.S., when most of us think about touring wine country, we think about a trip to California. In contrast with our wine-loving friends in wine-producing lands as diverse as France, Italy, Spain, Australia or New Zealand, who generally live somewhere within reach of a major vineyard area, we're inclined to think of all the nation's good wine as being concentrated in one place.

But this isn't really so. Just about all of the 50 states have at least a few wineries; ditto for just about every country in the world's temperate regions. And even if your local wineries fall somewhat short of being competitive on a world scale - as is certainly true of the Ohio River Valley wine regions in Southern Indiana and Kentucky, where I live - if you enjoy wine, chances are you'll enjoy a visit to a wine producer anywhere.

With summer just about at hand in the Northern Hemisphere, there's no time like the present to think about saddling up for a visit to a winery near you.

If you live or plan to travel anywhere in the U.S., here's a Website that's not to be missed: Bob Hodge's AllAmericanWineries,, is a non-commercial site with the most complete U.S. winery listings I've found. State by state, it offers maps and complete lists of wineries, complete with hotlinks to many winery Websites. No matter where you're headed, chances are that AllAmericanWineries will find a winery - or several - along your route.

If you live in or plan to visit any other part of the world, don't feel left out. We have assembled an international collection of links to wine-region Websites on our Favorite Wine Links pages. To click directly to our section on World Wine Areas, go to

Happy trails!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Copyright 2001 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

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