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10/17/2010 08:06 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Anderson Valley Wine Country: 'Fierce, Rural Independence'

In a generation, this 25-mile-long valley has gone from Northern California backwater to internationally known wine appellation. But unlike Napa and Sonoma to the south, Anderson Valley has held on to its identity with a fierce, rural independence that is reinforced by inadequate Internet access, spotty cellphone reception and, among the long-time locals, a palpable skepticism about the country that lies beyond Mendocino's borders.

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