Thats the tip from photojournalist Charles ORear and his wife, writer Daphne Larkin, who have just penned Wine Across America (Ten Speed Press), a photography book documenting their two-year, 80,000-mile journey exploring Americas growing interest in wine production and consumption.
Although Larkin and ORear live in Napa Valley, California a famed American wine region the winos best winery discoveries took place in some unexpected hotspots, like Hawaii and New Mexico.
For example, the Tedeschi Vineyards in Maui makes surprisingly tasty wine from their local pineapples, which can be sampled atop their winery located on a 10,023-foot slope of an inactive volcano on Haleakala Mountain.
Says Larkin: Its definitely an adventurous and amazing place to enjoy a glass of wine. Its neat to see the people of Maui using their homegrown resources to make wine.
For ORear, a weird wine made in the atomic bomb town of Los Alamos, New Mexico, hit the spot.
ORear explains, We met an atomic nuclear scientist-turned-winemaker who makes a wine called La Bomba Grande. Many wineries use their rich local history as inspiration for wines.
Wines Across America is now available in stores.
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