After all this moving business is over, you’re going to need a few days to kick back and relax.  If you’re a wine enthusiast, you know the best method for chilling out is with a good glass of wine.  However, if you’ve recently relocated to unfamiliar terrain and demand the best taste available in your area, take a trip to a local winery near your new digs.  Vineyards are big business across the country, so you’ll want to check out the list below for how to find wineries in and around your new city.  Here’s to you and no sour grapes!

New York City & New Jersey

Ripe for the picking, both New York State and New Jersey tout great wine regions.  In New York, the Finger Lakes, Hudson River Valley, Niagara, and Long Island regions offer several wineries.  The Brotherhood Winery in the Hudson River Valley is one of America’s oldest wineries. Most of New Jersey’s best wineries reside in Southern New Jersey so embark on a road trip and keep your corkscrew and sleeping bag handy.

Miami, Florida

When you think of Miami, your tastebuds don’t automatically sense wine.  However, Florida boasts its share of fine wineries with an unconventional twist of exotic fruits along with grapes.  If you like adventures in wine tasting, visit Schnebly Redland’s Winery and The Gilded Grape Winery for more than just grapes in your fruit-filled glass.

San Francisco, CA

Situated so close to notable wine countries like the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, you’ll undoubtedly find the best wines ever poured into a goblet.  Reds, whites, roses instead – whether you stay in San Francisco proper or venture out to the vineyards, you’ll find whatever tickles your tastebuds.

Los Angeles, CA

California has an incredible variety of vineyards to visit.  With a wealth of wineries available, the choice is yours as to where to go and what to try.  From Mendocino to Santa Ynez to Temecula, Southern California provides plenty of surprises in the way of wine.  If you like long walks on the beach and dipping your toes in the ocean, accompany those therapeutic pleasures with a delicious bottle of homegrown California wine.

Washington, DC

Travel down south to local Virginia for your wine-sipping pleasure.  Since the 1700s, Virginia has been producing fine wines and ranks as the fifth-largest producer in the United States, so it’s historically perfect for wine lovers.  Close to the nation’s capital, you’ll discover multiple vineyards in both Virginia and Maryland so elect your favorite and put it to a vote.

Denver, CO

You probably assume that Denver only caters to the beer-drinking crowd.  After all, it’s nicknamed the “Napa Valley of beer” and is home to brands as big and renowned as Coors down to the smallest, backyard microbrewery.  Never fear, wine aficionados – hop on over and taste the difference the Mile High City makes with wines created from grapes found in Colorado’s Western Slope region.

So what wineries would you recommend and what’s your favorite kind of wine to drink?

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