Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Winos Find The Hottest Wines Across America

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Next time you’re in the mood for some unique wine, try visiting a winery on the side of a volcano.

That’s the tip from photojournalist Charles O’Rear 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 America’s growing interest in wine production and consumption.

Although Larkin and O’Rear 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: “It’s definitely an adventurous and amazing place to enjoy a glass of wine. It’s neat to see the people of Maui using their homegrown resources to make wine.”

For O’Rear, a weird wine made in the atomic bomb town of Los Alamos, New Mexico, hit the spot.

O’Rear 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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