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Napa Valley and Sonoma County Winery Map

Napa Valley and Sonoma County Winery Map

Plan your wine country trip with IntoWine's interactive map of California's wine country. Includes winery profiles and pictures as well as articles listing the best wineries for picnics, tours, beautiful views, wedding receptions, and more.

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Willamette Valley: Oregon's Pinot Noir Capital

For many wine lovers, Oregon's Willamette Valley is synonymous with pinot noir, and only pinot noir.  The climate of the mountain-shielded valley is perfect for this famous grape from Burgundy.  Pinot noir not only gave the Willamette Valley its start, it catapulted the region to stardom when a pinot noir from The Eyrie Vineyards took first place in Gault-Millau's 1979 Paris wine tasting.  And, as they say, the rest was history – or is history, for the Willamette Valley is still evolving as a wine region.

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Benjamin Spencer is a diploma student with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. He writes for IntoWine about wine from a winemaker's perspective.

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New Kid In Town - Cerridwen Pinot Noir

There's talk on the street; it sounds so familiar 
Great expectations, everybody's watching you 
People you meet, they all seem to know you 
Even your old friends treat you like you're something new 

- New Kid in Town, The Eagles

There's a new kid in town when it comes to Sonoma Pinot Noir and her name is Deborah Bennett.