It’s that time of year — the kids are back in school, the grapes are coming off the vines, and we are beginning the annual harvest of travel articles recommending the best wine regions to visit. USA Today popped the cork on this celebration last month, crowning the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York as the best U.S. wine region to visit for the second year in a row. Many other publications will chime in with their choices over the next few months. Whether you take a spontaneous autumn trek to wine country or are planning next year’s vacation well in advance, you will have plenty of advice.

So here’s my list. These are wine regions around the world that have captured my imagination, for the quality of the wines as well as the quality of the visit. This is by no means an exhaustive list. I second all the media endorsements of the Finger Lakes, Paso Robles, California, and Charlottesville Pull out your atlases and start planning your next wine escapade.

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