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CORNVILLE, Ariz. — The famed red rocks of Sedona draw visitors from around the world. But less than a half-hour away from Sedona's tourist crowds is an attraction that might surprise out-of-towners: Arizona's Verde Valley Wine Trail, complete with vineyards tucked into volcanic rock and limestone, with grapevines growing within view of the tasting rooms.

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Wine in a state known for desert and heat? Yes, thanks to elevations above 3,000 feet and a milder climate than in places like Phoenix, 100 miles away. Communities on the wine trail like Cottonwood and Cornville mainly attract staycationers, including Phoenix residents looking to escape to the semi-wilderness for a day or two, but the wines made here are pulling Sedona tourists south through central Arizona's green landscapes.

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From State Route 89A, Page Springs Road takes you to several stops along the trail in Cornville. My co-pilot and I started with a tasting of 2015 sauvignon blanc, 2015 sangiovese and 2014 tempranillo at Javelina Leap Vineyard and Winery, where the owners' son Lucas Reed poured and described his family's wine.

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Ferrari Winerywas established in 1902 by Guilio Ferrari who decided that mountain grapes of his region could make premium sparkling wines.

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“And then, I’ll go from there,” says Ty the Wine Guy, as he is more familiarly known. A certified wine specialist, this is the time of year he is often crisscrossing the sales floor of Stamford’s BevMax wine and liquor store, trying to match customers with knockout wines to make their holiday dinners special.

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He expects quite a few queries about South African wine, a segment of the market that has steadily increased over the past several years. U.S. wine drinkers pushed the sales up 14 percent so far this year, according to Nielsen data, and retailers are seeing more customers shelling out more money per bottle, meaning they see added value for one of the Southern Hemisphere’s shining stars.

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“South African wine has been around for a long time, but it’s been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for them (in the U.S. market),” Taiani says. These days, it appears the trajectory is an ascension, rather than a dip.

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A cabernet leaf at Farella Winery where Sam Sheehan, owner and winemaker of Poe Wines, produces her wine.

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The Napa River is quiet and misty when Samantha Sheehan and I meet at an art studio overlooking the water. It’s the sort of chilly, gray late-October morning that makes you crave warm flavors — hot apple cider, squash soup, anything with cinnamon and clove.

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Sheehan, the maker of Poe Wines, pours us each a taste of her 2016 Pinot Nouveau, bottled only a day earlier. The liquid was pressed off of grape skins one week ago. Whereas most California Pinots made in the 2016 vintage won’t be sold for, say, two more years, the Poe Nouveau will be barely 2 months old when it’s released a few weeks from now.

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From the thousands of contenders he tasted this year, Andy Perdue ranks the standouts, many of which sell for less than $30 a bottle.

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THROUGH THE COURSE of 2016, I’ve tasted thousands of wines from throughout the Pacific Northwest (and around the globe, for that matter).

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Knowing I’ll be producing this year-end list, I think about wines that really stand out. I tasted the No. 4 and 5 wines on this year’s list in the first quarter, and each stood out in my mind for the entire year, both for their clarity as well as purity of fruit.

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