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North America is home to well over 8,000 wineries, with nearly 250 American Viticultural Areas (AVA) in the United States alone. And many of these facilities aren't just making wine; they're offering behind-the-scenes tours, hosting tastings and even partnering with chefs to run some of the nation's top restaurants.
10Best wants to know which wine regions, tours, tasting rooms, festivals, winery restaurants and wine country hotels are the best in North America, and we need your help to decide. Vote for your favorites in each category once per day until voting ends on Monday, August 10 at noon ET.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Tasting Room
Which winery offers the best sipping experience? — Photo courtesy of iStock / gilaxia
The quality of a tasting room can make or break a wine tasting. A comfortable, elegant tasting room with a knowledgeable staff can elevate the entire experience. We asked a panel of wine industry experts to nominate their favorite tasting rooms across the United States.
Best Wine Club
These wine clubs bring the best bottles to your door — Photo courtesy of iStock / tomprout
When you're a wine club member, the wine comes to you. Wine subscriptions are an easy and convenient way to sample new wines, including varietals and vineyards you might not find at your local wine store.
Best Wine Country Hotel
Where would you stay for a wine country getaway? — Photo courtesy of iStock / jacoblund
What's better than a quick day trip into wine country for a tasting or two? A full fledged wine country getaway! These 20 hotels, nominated by a panel of wine industry experts, provide a perfect place to relax over a glass of wine after a day of touring and tasting in wine regions around the continent.
Best Wine Festival
Party like Dionysus at these wine festivals — Photo courtesy of iStock / swalls
There's a reason Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, is often depicted as a partier. Wine makes a good festival even better. 10Best teamed up with a panel of wine industry experts to find the best wine-centric celebrations in the U.S.
Best Wine Region
North America has hundreds of wine regions, but these are the best — Photo courtesy of iStock / bmdesign
While California undoubtedly produces excellent wine, it's got stiff competition these days. North America is home to more than 250 grape-growing regions. We asked a panel of wine industry experts to pick their favorite North American wine regions.
Best Wine Tour Company
Leave the driving to someone else on these top wine-centric tours — Photo courtesy of iStock / franckreporter
Whether you’re tasting your way through famed California wine country, sipping wines lakeside in Michigan or exploring the emerging wine scene in Georgia, enhance your wine tasting experience by leaving the driving to someone else. These 20 tour operators offer wine-centric tours, complete with transportation, knowledgeable guides and other extras.
Best Winery Restaurant
Nothing pairs better with a good glass of wine than a plate of good food — Photo courtesy of iStock / monkeybusinessimages
Nothing pairs better with a great glass of wine than a tasty plate of food. Many of North America's best wineries also operate some of the best restaurants, where chefs and sommeliers work together to create the perfect marriage of food and wine.
Best Winery Tour
Get a behind-the-scenes look at these wineries — Photo courtesy of iStock / vizualni
Whether you're a newbie or connoisseur, there's nothing like getting a behind-the-scenes look at the wine-making process (while tasting along the way) to hone your appreciation and your palate. We asked a panel of wine industry experts to nominate their favorite winery tours in North America.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, August 21.