Savoring The Wines Of... New England?

Fine wine isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of New England. Maple syrup or apple cider, maybe, but not smooth chardonnays or pungent pinot noirs. Well, surprise: Some of New England's 30 wineries, borrowing cold-weather techniques from California, are producing award-winning wines. Several Vidal Blancs from Sakonnet Vineyards in Rhode Island, for example, won Best of Class at this year's Eastern International Wine Competition in Watkins Glen, N. Y.

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