USA Wine

"American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and traditions to these shores from the Old World. In that sense, Appellation America is over 400 years old. American wine has endured ecological, political and social hardships over the centuries, but it has evolved with each challenge.
       Up to the late 1800s, the vine thrived in America, with the epicenter of winemaking in the Midwest along the banks of the Ohio River and shores of Lake Erie. At the turn of the last century phylloxera and Prohibition would together transform the viticultural landscape of America. In the 20th century, California would emerge as America’s dominate wine state (now producing 90% of the national total), but by the dawn of the 21st century winemaking would spread to every state in the union, with grapes grown in all but four. Across the 50 states exists the world's greatest diversity of climates, and virtually every species of vine can find a niche somewhere Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Subregions of USA

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Connecticut

    Passage of the Connecticut Winery Act in 1978 sparked a rapid increase in the number of wineries ...

  • Delaware

    A new, but quickly growing wine region, Delaware's wineries sit on sandy soil and enjoy a clima...

  • Iowa

    Famous as a "corn state", Iowa has focused on growing wine grapes in recent years. Acreage under ...

  • Kentucky

      The Kentucky wine industry began in 1798 when Jean-Jacques Dufour, winemaker for the Marqu...

  • Maryland

    has been at the forefront of American viticultural research since the mid-1600s when Lord Baltim...

  • Michigan

      Michigan is one of the earliest states to have been settled and produce wine. In the 1670s...

  • Minnesota

    presents some of the greatest cold-climate challenges of any wine-producing state. Vines must of...

  • New Mexico

      Some of the earliest wine production in the United States took place in New Mexico. In 162...

  • New York

    Though the first successful North American wine production is often credited to California, New...

  • Oregon

    The history of Oregon wine-making dates back to the mid 1800s. Horticulturalist Henderson Luell...

  • Texas

    One’s immediate associations of the state of Texas most often have to do with spurred boots, te...

  • Virginia

      It’s a little known fact that wines have been produced in the state of Virginia for centur...

  • Washington

      Washington State has become the second largest wine producer in the US, however its qua...

  • Alabama

    Until recently the Alabama Native Farm Winery Act posed a major obstacle to wine enthusiasts in t...

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

    Wine has been produced in the state of Arizona for centuries. As is the story with California a...

Popular Wineries in USA View all

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

    Every year the Great Central Valley of California provides harvests of uniquely delicious grapes....

  • Charles Shaw Winery

    The Charles Shaw label is best known for producing wines of “extreme value.” These became popul...

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

  • Sycamore Lane Cellars

    Sycamore Lane is a private label brand produced by Trinchero Family Estates in Napa Valley, Cal...

  • Purple Moon Winery

    About  Purple Moon Shiraz: The first bottle we tried, we could not believe how good the wine...

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  • Five wine regions in the USA to fit global tastes. Go to Idaho for superb Spanish Reds. http://www.sunset.com/travel/wine-regions-travel-guide-00418000071920/

    Comment by 281773Moya Shatz 281773 Moya Shatz


  • Idaho is emerging as part of the new frontier for wine making, with 38 total wineries. From a geographical standpoint, the state has ideal growing conditions. Vinifera, or wine grapes, actually thrive in the distinctly four-season climate. Snake River Valley's lack of rainfall is also considered a plus, since potentially ruinous precipitation i...

    Comment by 281773Moya Shatz 281773 Moya Shatz


  • Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County 2013

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    Beautiful dark color. (What else for a PS?) Tart black fruit nose. Very chewy dark fruit on the tongue, Think unsweet prunes. Some steeliness. Plenty of tannin and plenty of acid. I really think this one has a pretty long life in front of itself. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2015

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    The 2015 Sokol Blosser is its usual reliable self; namely, a wine with deep cherry-red translucence, an inviting nose of strawberry, vanilla and wet earth, with an entry of rich, sweet, luscious strawberry and a hint of leather. Smooth, harmonious and deep, this wine finishes long and warm. Superior to most any French Burgundy at this price p... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Myriad Syrah Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley 2013

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    Bright fruit--berry, stone fruit--on the tip of the tongue. "Bright" implies acid. This wine must have it, but it is well-controlled. Very much resolved tannin--I get some puckeriness, interestingly, on the bottom edges of my tongue. Possibly, my favorite Myriad Syrah. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • August Briggs Pinot Noir Carneros 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Definitely, a dusty nose. Slightly murky red plum color. Quite tart red fruit--raspberry, strawberry--on entry. Medium bodied, and I'm OK with that. Surprisingly (for a PN) fair amount of tannin makes this an enjoyable wine for me. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard 2016

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    Probably, a higher acid Chardonnay than most people like, but I'm enjoying it. I do get oaky vanilly, but, not question, there is very noticeable lemon pith or, maybe, tart green apple. I might criticize that the wine does not seem to evolve as it moves back. It is what it is. As I said, I like it, but I can see why it might not appeal to all. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Garrett Estate Cellars Unoaked Chardonnay 2015

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    while there is an argument that unoaked chardonnay is a "different" taste experience, one wonders if the Vinter is just trying to save money. this wine just lacked in flavor in all categories and lord only knows what spending time in the oak could have done. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel California Old Vines 2015

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    Some red fruit--cherry, plum--on the tip of the tongue. Some dustiness. Very moderate tannin. Not quite full-bodied. Do not drink this one right our of the cellar. Let it warm up for a few minutes. It then emerges as a very enjoyable wine, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Hey Darren (and Greg) - we are about to sell the house in Coquitlam (probably ... brothers and sisters in the USA... I am Canadian, but don't hold that against me) ignore French wine because they have so much of their own wine to drink - much of which is extremely fine in quality.  But in my case, and in the cases of at least two other people ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


  • The Ojai Vineyard Puerta del Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

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    Quite light-bodied. Red fruit on the tip of the tongue. It could use more acid. An interesting "spritziness" farther back. A good wine, but not, particularly, compelling. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon Hand Selected Lots 2016

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    Impulse buy at the local supermarket as I was walking to the checkout aisle, they do know how to market their products. Drained 2/3rds of it watching Sunday (winter to me) golf on TV. Shared the other 1/3rd with my lovely wife of almost 44 years. Snow-mageddon coming tomorrow if you believe TV weather pundits. We will survive thanks to an almost... Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Ugh New Mexico was the first and oldest to bring wine over with the Spanish

    Comment by 1172438Oenophile 1172438 Oenophile


  • Hey don't forget to try Texas wines

    Comment by 878999joe the wine oh 878999 joe the wine oh


  • Hey don't forget to try Texas wines

    Comment by 878999joe the wine oh 878999 joe the wine oh


  • where can I buy wan fu wine, you showed wan fu usa wine for $6.99 in 1 store but no address, please tell me a location in california, if possible close to my location north hills ca.91343

    Comment by 874111kZAZA 874111 kZAZA


  • Do you have the white organic wine call Re Leaf? I am looking for a wine that just has the natural sulphites from the grapes as otherwise I get headaches. Re Leaf agreed with me.

    Comment by 831762hshoff 831762 hshoff


  • Just had a great visit at J. Maki Winery in Elverson Pennsylvania. Try the Chardonnay and Champagne!

    Comment by 820083ncookie 820083 ncookie


  • Another area that doesnt get enough credit is South West Colorado. They make some really good wines. I really suggest checking them out. There is actualy a long history of wineries in Colorado before prohibition, but most wineries ripped out the vines to replace them with fruit trees to make money.

    Comment by 7252401rockiesfan 725240 1rockiesfan


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