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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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

  • Rex Goliath

    At age 70, I have had at least 50 yrs. of a glass of wine after my evening meals. Just recently,...

  • Mogen David Wine Co.

    Mogen David is an American fortified wine with an ABV of 13-20%, and is the “pride of Westfield...

  • Glass Mountain

    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

  • Barefoot Cellars

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

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

  • Purple Moon Winery

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

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  • Lambert Bridge Merlot Blend Dry Creek Valley 2006


    Some dark fruit but with some red fruitiness, bit of apple peel, pencil shavings, hint of leather. Light to medium bodied, moderate finish of lightly peppered minerals. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9

  • Alexana Pinot Noir Red Label 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Peju Province Winery Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2010


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    Wine review by mark

  • Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005


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    Wine review by mark

  • Ruby Hill Bella Gemma 2010


    This dark, sweet, fortified Port-like wine is a classic; rich, highly extracted and long finish. Very nice plum and spice. Heavy tannin but is balanced by the RS. Lots of sediment for such a young wine--odd. Not quite as nice as their 2009. A bit awkward. My rating -- 87. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Salvatore Principe Zinfandel Blue Groove Signature Series 2010


    Black cherry and a bit of raisen, aniseed and some earthy spices. Moderate aromatic finish with a hint of raisen. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9

  • Kale Wines Syrah Samantha's Vineyard 2008


    On the nose, very nice sweet aroma of fresh dark berries. Visually very dark, almost syrupy and cloudy looking. On the palate, fairly good frutiness, pepper and spices (hints of cinammon) on the front end, but very little on the mid-palate and finish. Good acid on the front end, noticable tannins on the back end, but on the whole, very unbalanced. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9

  • Ruby Hill Pinot Grigio Monterey Reserve 2011


    This wine has some fruit but is lacking when compared with the best. Minimal extract and fairly short finish. My rating -- 82 Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Murrieta's Well 'The Spur' Red 2011


    Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Malbec and Cab Franc for support; dark ruby in color, with earthy, black cherry, and vanilla scents, stewed plums and dark cherry moving into bright red fruit flavors, slight tannins on a luxurious finish. Read More

    Wine review by Kovas 50 States Of Wine

  • Murrietas Well the Whip White 2012


    Primarily Chardonnay, with Semillon and 4 other supporting varietals; light golden straw color, grapefruit and melon aromas, honeydew melon flavor with a touch of citrus zing, this is well-balanced; at $19, good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by Kovas 50 States Of Wine

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