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Where to tour and taste this fall

WASHINGTON The temperatures are cooling, the leaves are changing, and out at the vineyards, it’s harvest time.

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“I think it’s very exciting uk canada goose right now to be a wine lover in the Washington, Virginia and Maryland area. The industry has been expanding so rapidly over the last 15 years, and the quality has gone up, but also the experiences,” McIntyre said.

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Virginia’s reputation for wine is growing, both nationally and internationally, and buy canada goose jacket a number of winemakers are helping to usher in that recognition.

McIntyre points to Linden Vineyards, Glen Manor Vineyards and Delaplane Cellars as some of the best wine producers in the area. The appointment only vineyard, RdV, is also at the top of canada goose factory sale that list.

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“And these three siblings have just created a dynamic experience and a dynamic winery,” McIntyre said. “They’re buy canada goose jacket cheap setting a high bar for quality in Maryland right now.”

Barboursville is making some of Virginia best reds and some promising Italian whites. (AP Photo/Michael Felberbaum)

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Where to find the best reds and whites

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What to do and not to do at the wineries

Visiting the area’s multitude of wineries is a lot of fun, but there are a few things to keep in mind while doing so. Tasting rooms have spit buckets canada goose coats on sale on the counter for a reason, so don’t be hesitant to swirl, sip and spit.

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