Magazine article Sunset

Wine Country

Magazine article Sunset

Wine Country

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VISITORS TO SUNSET are always wowed by our Test Kitchen (especially if they get a taste of something). They're equally impressed by our Test Garden--this summer we had a glorious cutting garden, plus a patch of 'Glass Gem' corn that was easily one story tall. But it's our wine editor's office that always stops visitors in their tracks. The path to Sara Schneider's desk is mined with Merlot--and Pinot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and every other varietal. Her view is of a floor-to-ceiling wine rack. Wine bottles serve as bookends and paperweights on her desk. Everyone takes a picture.

I admit that when I first arrived at Sunset and saw staffers carrying open wine bottles through the halls en route to an afternoon tasting, I tsk-tsked. No adult supervision! This cannot stand! Then I got the picture. Westerners drink 10 million glasses of wine per week, and everyone in the world wants to travel to our wine-growing regions to partake. It's our job to keep up.

Which is why we're so excited about the Sunset International Wine Competition. …

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