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'Wine Enthusiast' Ranks Brazil and New York in Top 10 Wine Destinations for 2013

January 9, 2013 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

2012 was really the year more elite flyers learned to pass up the popping of a champagne cork for that of an in-flight wine. As airlines improved their wine lists to suit evolving tastes, we also heard of more and more travelers (rare-to-casual wine drinkers at home) dedicating entire trips to tasting wines. It's something we're guilty of ourselves and now that we've tasted what a week of vineyards and sun and fresh produce and rich pours can be, it's time to look for the next fix.

This is where Wine Enthusiast steps in, as they've today released their list of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2013. According to the magazine, this list of theirs is "from classic regions to lesser-known corners...[ranking] the best in overall cultural experience, timeliness, travel infrastructure and, of course, wine quality."

Wine Enthusiast's Top Ten Wine Travel Destinations for 2013:
· Rioja, Spain
· Danube, Austria
· North & South Forks of Long Island, New York
· Stellenbosch, South Africa
· Monterey County, California
· Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil
· Willamette Valley, Oregon
· Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
· Douro Valley, Portugal
· Puglia, Italy

Looks like we're going to have to re-think any future trips near these areas, to at least throw in a winery visit or two. Sure, we've been to places like the Danube River in Austria and Puglia, Italy but somehow never quite made the jump from sightseeing to wine-tasting.

For the full reasoning behind each selection and more, check out the original article.

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