Wine Country Contenders: Photos You can find critically acclaimed wineries closer to home than you might think. Attend the tastings at these smaller wineries and judge for yourself. Budget Travel Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009, 12:00 AM View of Anderson Valley from the Middle Ridge vineyard at Navarro Vineyards on Highway 128 in northern California. (Courtesy Navarro Vineyards) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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View of Anderson Valley from the Middle Ridge vineyard at Navarro Vineyards on Highway 128 in northern California. (Courtesy Navarro Vineyards)
Babydoll sheep at Navarro Vineyards. (Courtesy Navarro Vineyards)
A tasting room picnic with wine and cheese at Navarro Vineyards. (Courtesy Navarro Vineyards)
Wine barrels at Lazy Creek Vineyards in Anderson Valley, Calif. (Courtesy Lazy Creek Vineyards)
Lazy Creek Vineyards. (Courtesy Lazy Creek Vineyards)
Bottles of wine at Lazy Creek Vineyards. (Courtesy Lazy Creek Vineyards)
Husch Vineyards, in Anderson Valley, Calif. (Courtesy Husch Vineyards)
Harvesting at Husch Vineyards. (Courtesy Husch Vineyards)
A crusher at Husch Vineyards. (Courtesy Husch Vineyards)
A picnic at Husch Vineyards. (Courtesy Husch Vineyards)
Stone Hill Winery, along the Hermann Wine Trail in Missouri. (Courtesy Stone Hill Winery)
The cellar at Stone Hill Winery. (Courtesy Stone Hill Winery)
Examining the texture of the wine at Stone Hill Winery. (Courtesy Stone Hill Winery)
Fat Duck Inn, in Walla Walla Valley, Wash. (Courtesy Fat Duck Inn)
Fat Duck Inn. (Courtesy Fat Duck Inn)
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