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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Tisdale Vineyards

    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

  • 3 Blind Moose

    Truth be told, the moose aren’t blind. They just think it’s cool to share good wine with friends,...

  • Barefoot Cellars

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

  • Ca' Momi Wines

    "Ca’ Momi” wines are named for our family home in Northern Italy. The name also pays tribute to M...

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  • I am not an American and I do not live there but I got given a book at Xmas ... press [and not only in the USA] will not give up on the story.I think it is not a matter of if but when he will get impeached. I have not read the Wolfe book but there have been summarys and exerts in many of the newspapers over her Read More

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  • Duplin Winery Red Blend Carolina Red NV

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    Very Good Wine It's One Of My Favorite Read More

    Wine review by Hambrick74


  • Ravenswood Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel 2014

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    Licorice and rich spice on the nose with soft cherry and red currant notes, lightly floral. Dark mixed berry, gritty tannins and brooding spice with black cherry and blackberry flavors, a not-so-subtle earthiness on the finish thats thick with tar and espresso notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sterling Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2014

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    Wonderful elegant full-bodied wine even at the regular price - everything speaks of quality. At least a half star added for the deal they have on Costco right now after a $6 instant discount (off the Costco price, mind you) - $8.99! At Sterling's site, this is $28. At this price, it is cheaper than Costco's own case-discounted 2016 Vintner's C... Read More

    Wine review by SonzTwin1


  • Motto Backbone Cabernet Sauvignon California Motto Backbone Cab 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Angeline Chardonnay California 2016

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    Green apples on the nose. Tropical fruit with enough acid to balance and a soft nearly tanninless finish. We both liked it. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Dancing Bull Zinfandel California 2015

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    Bit of wood shavings and baking spice on the nose with rich red fruit notes of cherry and red currant. Fruity, fresh and ready to drink with bright cherry and dark earthy notes, rich spice and chocolatey tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Semilla By Jessica Tomei the Playground 2012

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    Tangy and a touch of spices Read More

    Wine review by Dilbretta


  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2014

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    Not surprisingly, pretty heavily oaked. So there is the buttery, caramel thing going on here. However, there is refreshing citrus--grapefuit-- and tropical fruit--pineapple, kiwi--that provide an excellent counterpoint. Super acidity lasts throughout a quite lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cashmere Black Magic Red Blend California 2015

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    Thick inky black color with dark plum and savory earth aromas, rich spice and a mixed berry compote note coming through. Blueberry, blackberry jam and tart acidity on the attack with a raspberry seed note glazing across the top, thick drying tannins on the tip of the tongue and notes of chocolatey earth towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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  • Mark your calendar for the Wine Festival at Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia. Enjoy the splendor of spring while tasting Virginia’s best selection of wines at the home of Thomas Jefferson. Saturday, May 14, 2011, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Visit www.monticello.org/winefestival for more information!

    Comment by 719670LisaVA 719670 LisaVA


  • HOW CAN I HAVE SWEET AUBERGINE AND OTHERS SHIP TOMARYLAND. EDDIE

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  • The wonderful wines of B.C. are my favorite, however I am fast becoming a Washington wine lover. Terra Blanca wineries are the best...they have it all, good wine and food is just part of the experience at this winery. Bookwalter is another very good winery in the Tri city area of Washington.

    Comment by 505067Julie Bergen 505067 Julie Bergen


  • "Gnary Head Cellars" (Manteca, CA). Try their zinfandel, and cabernet. These are truly wines worthy of praise! Great with BBQ pork and beef even better with a pasta and tomato sauce.

    Comment by 375423ChefDarel 375423 ChefDarel


  • I'm not a big blogger but I'm a big Cab lover! This is my first activity with snooth and I hope I will enjoy this web site. I'm still learning about how it works... dummy maybe! So, looking foward to sending you my comments on wines...

    Comment by 123875Loulouwood 123875 Loulouwood


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