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5 Great Places to Retire for Wine Lovers

By    |   Sunday, 06 Sep 2015 10:54 PM

Wine areas offer gorgeous vistas, typically, as well as access to tastings and the culture that goes along with a growing region. But often, noted U.S. News, a wine area can also be a pricey place to live in retirement.

"If you are a real wine lover and you know a lot about wine, California offers the most intellectual stimulation in terms of the number of different and magnificent wines you can taste," Karen MacNeil, who directs the wine program at the Culinary Institute of America, told U.S. News.

Here are five places around the nation where wine lovers might think about retiring.

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1. Clemmons, North Carolina — Located near Winston-Salem, the town is on the edge of 400 acres of vineyards. Each year, it features a festival where as many as 38 wineries offer tastings, U.S. News said.

2. Georgetown, Texas — This small town with a bucolic town square is nestled near the Texas Hill Country with 24 nearby wineries, U.S. News noted.

3. Napa, California — If cost of living is not of concern, then the heart of the nation's wine industry, Napa Valley, is the place to be for those seeking epic views, lush vineyards and plenty of tastings. Housing, however, is more than two times the average cost of living, according to Sperling’s Best Places.

4. Solvang, California — This charming small town in the Santa Ynez Mountains, inland from Santa Barbara, was made famous in the wine-inspired film, "Sideways." Its proximity to wineries make it a perfect choice for those who enjoy imbibing. Wineries nearby include Lincourt, Sanford, and Gainey, according to Top Retirements.

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5. Portland, Oregon, or Seattle — It's a toss-up, according to U.S. News. Two Northwest towns famed for food, tourism, and music also offer inspired and healthy wine-growing regions. Noted the magazine: "International wine-loving retirees may want to consider living in a big city near grape-growing regions," near those two cities. They offer "access to wines made all over the world in addition to local masterpieces."

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