This past weekend for my birthday, I visited a beautiful winery just south of the border. About two hours away from the border of Mexico is Valle de Guadalupe. It’s a beautiful valley with surrounding mountains and vineyards at every turn. While I was there I did some research on wine, the history of wine and the process of making it. It was all fascinating and I learned a lot! Basically, Valle de Guadalupe is to Mexico what Napa Valley is to the USA. It’s beautiful, elegant, and boasts some of the best vineyards that have been around for many years.
Napa Valley is still on my bucket list. I’ve drunk wines that came from the vineyards, generously sent to me by friends who live in the area. But when I did some research on the best wineries all throughout the USA, I looked for fine wine, historical significance, and also wineries that boast some of the best spots to go for a weekend getaway.
I’m what you call a Wino. I love wine. I love sweet wines, full bodied wines, and smooth wines. Although I stick to mostly white and red wines, while occasionally switching it up. This past weekend I tried a white wine that was impeccable, possibly my best sip yet! A multitude of flavors and scents, the key to perfection.
If you love to make wine, try wine, or learn the process of making it, then going to a winery is perfect for you. I’ve even gone with friends who don’t like wine. I told them to come along for the views and the history. And they ended up leaving the winery saying they liked a specific wine, its amazing how the stories of the wine and the area can create a connection to a specific bottle.
You see, store bought wine is very different from wine straight off the vineyard (duh). There are three things that can damage wine: natural light, oxygen, and heat. These three factors can diminish the quality and taste of the wine, and after being shipped out from the vineyards, who knows how it’s handled or taken care of. This means that wine straight from the vineyards itself, or straight from the barrel is the best kind of wine. This weekend I tasted a Zinfandel that I wish I could have taken home with me. It was the best wine I’ve ever tasted, but also quite expensive. It went through the aging process twice, and then was kept in a special underground cellar in which the oxygen levels are low, and the natural humidity of the earth was exposed to the wine. Which means, these specific wine makers went through a great deal to preserve the authenticity of this 100% Zinfandel wine. Best glass of wine I’ve ever had in my life.
So if you love wine as much as I do or are thinking about starting to try wines to see which you like best, or you just want to learn more about wine, the following locations for wineries/vineyards are the top 10 to visit in the USA: