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Cheers! Two wine-growing areas in the West--they’re in rarefied company--make Wine Enthusiast’s top 10 travel destinations for 2017

Calistoga, Calif.
The main street in downtown Calistoga, Calif. Wine Enthusiast says the area is “both warm and hospitable to grapes thanks to its geologically uniform, well-drained volcanic soils.”
(Peter Stetson)

You won’t have to go far to explore two of Wine Enthusiast’s top 10 wine travel destinations for 2017. Calistoga, Calif., and Hood River area in Oregon and Washington made the selective list, whose recommended places are pretty European-centric.

Spas, dining and wines sell Calistoga, according to the magazine, which recommends tastings at eight wineries, including the smaller T-Vine Winery and Larkmead Vineyards

The magazine also finds the high-adventure area along the Columbia River in the Northwest adds to its wine and dining choices. This too recommends tasting areas and places to stay, including the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel for those who want to splurge.

Here’s the list of wine-worthy 2017 destinations from Wine Enthusiast’s editors. Each destination features where to go, where to stay and what to do when you get there.

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Cafayete, Argentina (primarily for Malbecs)

Thracian Lowlands, Bulgaria

Canary Islands, Spain

Marlborough, New Zealand (primarily Sauvignon Blanc)

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Provence, France

London

Calistoga

Sicily, Italy

Rheingau, Germany

Hood River, Oregon and Washington

Info: 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2017

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