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California wine valley tours California is known throughout the world as a location for some of the best wines currently available for sale. This is really saying something when you take into account how widely produced good wine is. Many countries in Europe produce excellent wine, as do more than one in South America. South Africa is a location for some quite delicious varieties, while Australia has shown a long-running ability to remain around the top of wine lists no matter where you travel. The fact, therefore, that California wine valley tours are a popular pursuit not just for wine lovers within the US, but for people from the very locations mentioned above, shows just how seriously the state is taken as a wine-producing region. California is home to some of the most celebrated producers of wine currently selling their product worldwide. Ernest and Julio Gallo, a pair of names that even wine skeptics would immediately identify with good wine, have produced much of their wine from this very part of the world. In fact, if California was a separate country, it would be the country with the fourth-largest wine production in the world. It produces a third as much wine again as Australia, itself a major producer of the grapes that go into making great wines. It does not just produce quantity however, as was proved by an event in 1976 known as the Judgment of Paris, when British wine merchant Steven Spurrier invited several Californian wine producers to participate in a tasting event in Paris. The idea behind the event was to compare the best wines of the Californian region with the best of French. Under rigorously-controlled blind tasting conditions, the Californian wines proved to be vastly more popular than the French brands. Since then the respect which had previously escaped the Californian industry has been slowly dissipating, and anyone who pays attention to the reputations of global wine producers knows that a glass of something from California can make for a very pleasant drink. It is partly down to the cosmopolitan, layered history of the state – with no small influence from Spanish and Italian winemakers being prevalent in grape varieties used – and partly to the quality of the soil and the climatic conditions in California that wine drinkers think so fondly of many Californian labels. So popular now is Californian wine – not just within the US, but far and wide – that Californian wine tours are big business. There are so many options available, even from a cursory glance on the Internet, that it really is up to you which you choose to go on. If you are in a position to keep going back, you can even “do the region” if you like, giving yourself some idea as to what your favorite Californian wine is, and gaining a broad appreciation of just what an achingly beautiful state California can be into the bargain. One thing is for sure – a Californian wine tour is just the thing for anyone who wants to learn about the best of American wine production old and new. Find the Rates on California Vacation Packages here
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