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Mar 17, 2014 8:31AM
The photo associated with Leesburg, VA is actually Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello, near Charlottesville, VA, about 3 hours drive from Leesburg - fine for a weekend visit, but not good for commuting!  
Oct 20, 2013 6:47AM
The best place "secret" place to enjoy amazing wine, world-class cuisine, beautiful weather and hometown hospitality is.... PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA! We have a saying here.... Napa is for auto parts, Paso is for wine! If you're looking for an adventure in Wine Country, come visit us! You won't be disappointed. :)
Oct 13, 2013 7:48PM
They forgot Napa, Ca and Sonoma County, CA !!
Oct 13, 2013 8:03AM
You forgot Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania has a good diverse climate that is condusive to  grape growing and wineries.
Oct 10, 2013 5:21AM
First off the article states you don't have to live in places like France or California. So not sure why people wrote in for any place in California here, everyone knows about this state and country.

 I'm originally From Bay Ridge Brooklyn, so I have to definitely give a shout to the finger lakes/Ithaca NY region which is in this article. But probably the best region that I've visited outside of California (Sonoma is the best I've visited) has been the Leelanau Peninsula/Traverse City, MI. There wine is world class in this region. It felt like Sonoma there, and there Pinot is some of the best in the world. I've had a chance to visit Williamette Valley, OR as well and likewise great Pinot there. Walla Walla, WA was enjoyable, outstanding wines but i'd put it in 4th behind MI, OR and NY but nonetheless very good and with some wine ratings I know WA is up there. I also had a chance to visit the Central Texas hills region this summer, just north and west of Austin, TX. This is a newer region, but if they continue to plant the right grapes in that dry, volcanic dirt, they will keep getting better and better wines, so I have to disagree with the person from TX who posted on them as any state can have below avg wineries and wine. I also visited Asheville, NC which was good as well, I enjoyed their beer there actually more than their wine, but NC is a good spot to visit. I've also visited Arkansas/Ozarks and Tennessee/Nashville but both of these states were duds actually, they need a lot of help as their wine was just not good to put it nicely. Each region I've visited I've always gone to at least 5-6 wineries to give myself a good overall taste/experience of the region, couldn't get to that many in Arkansas and Tennessee but after the few I tasted, I was ok with that. Used to date a girl in OH, west of Cleveland, decent wine here as well and if your from OH, this is a good spot to do your wine tasting. 
 I've still yet to visit Virginia which I've heard is very good and had a friend mention MO as enjoyable and she's also from there. And I've only read about Boise, ID. Not sure i'll make it to MO though, but Virginia and Boise are in the works. 
 So i'm a little shocked all in all that they didin't have Leelanau Peninsula/Traverse City, MI first in this article and the finger lakes region, NY at least 2nd. But I think the people that have visited both of these regions along with Williamette Valley, OR know they are prob the 3 best outside of California. And none of these regions are a secret anymore
Oct 9, 2013 8:35PM
Oct 9, 2013 8:34PM

Wine lovers should visit Southern Illinois for great wines.


Oct 9, 2013 5:19PM
Somehow I do not view a place having 30 wineries as being loaded with wineries.   300 yes.  
Oct 9, 2013 2:03PM
 I agree with Casual Observer 7377. Traverse City MI was left out. Within 10 miles you can find at least a couple dozen wineries. The best is that you can find from table wine, to boutique style wineries...
Oct 9, 2013 2:00PM
Yakima Valley and Walla Walla, WA!
Oct 9, 2013 1:14PM
Oct 9, 2013 1:09PM
Can't beat Willamette Valley wines.  But it's hardly a secret.  The IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration) is held in McMinnville, Oregon every year and attended by wine makers, wine lovers and foodies from all over the world. 

Until I become rich enough to move to these "wonderful" wine country locales (and I doubt I ever will); I am happy to drive to Costco and find all the wine anyone can desire and for a great price too.


COSTCO! A great wine destination that doesn't require a mortgage!

Oct 4, 2013 1:28PM
There are a lot of wineries near Johnson City, Texas and most are just terrible. The massive heat build up in Central Texas makes for compromised grapes. Couple with crippling drought patterns, and you get a bad wine at winery pricing. I used to live in the area and have tried many of their efforts. Try the Willamette Valley instead....
Oct 4, 2013 12:49PM
You forgot Michigan...missed by a long shot. Nice try though.
Oct 4, 2013 12:44PM
Willamette Valley a secret, come on!  It's become one of the most popular wine destinations not just in the US, but the world!  Their Pinot Noirs have become legendary!
Oct 4, 2013 12:26PM
Missouri wine is very good. Stone Hill's Cynthiana-Norton variety is excellent at $20.
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