7 Up-and-Coming Winetasting Regions in the West

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by SHERIDAN WARRICK

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Wine Country no longer just means Napa or the Willamette. Here are seven places in the West where you can get hip to some amazing sips.

If the idea of a weekend in wine country brings to mind only California's Napa or Oregon's Willamette Valley, think again. Alternative getaways—with great wine, yes, but also outstanding places to eat, play, and shop—are blooming around the West. Pluck your favorite from this tour of the best.

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Great Wineries of Oregon's Applegate River Valley

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The Applegate Valley AVA is a 275,000 acre wine appellation located along the Applegate River north of the California border.

Amongst the forested hillsides and fertile valley are nearly 20 wineries producing an array of high-quality wines.  Sunset Magazine calls this area “The New Napa” and “Wine country the way it should be”. Playing off this bit of press is a wine club called New Napa that sources great wine picks from the southern Oregon region. New Napa’s Tracy Davis kindly recommended the following wine tasting itinerary for one day in the Applegate River AVA.

Read the full report featuring Wooldridge Creek, Longsword, and South Stage Cellars >

Wilderness wine adventure in the Applegate Valley


From lush valley floors to steep terraced hillsides, vineyards are planted on all kinds of topography in countless wine regions around the world. While wine country is always picturesque, few settings are as strikingly beautiful as the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon.

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