Living: Small Sellout Vineyards

Unlike Europe, where land and climate suitable for noble vines are very limited and the great wine estates are centuries old, California has a vast amount of hospitable acreage and an ever increasing number of nouveaux wineries. While the state has a dozen long-established firms that annually produce more than 2 million cases (4.5 million gal.) each, some of the most interesting wines are being made by comparatively small estates that have started up in the past two decades. They are owned by engineers and airline pilots, big businessmen and corporations. Most of...

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