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The West is home to the country's best wine regions. Explore them all and taste their best offerings, from the cult cabs of Napa to the Pinots of Willamette Valley

Wine Country Face-Off results

You voted, we counted: See which of these rivaling wine regions our readers would rather visit

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Palisade Vineyards
Thomas J. Story

Southwest: Grand Valley vs. Snake River Valley

Grand Valley, CO
With its miles of cattle ranches and fruit orchards, the Grand Valley once had a reputation among Coloradoans for being a bit boring. But that rep is on the outs these days as day-trippers from Denver and Boulder drift west along Interstate 70 to discover a drop-dead gorgeous valley that’s a mini Napa-meets-Boulder-meets-Moab. There are more than a dozen wineries to explore, but we love Carlson Vineyards, where the tasting room is a shaded shed overlooking the vineyards; try the tropical-tinged Laughing Cat Gewürztraminer. We also like Canyon Wind Cellars for its crisp, dry rosé, best enjoyed on the tree-shaded lawn with Grand Mesa as a backdrop.


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