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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  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Estancia Estates

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

  • Charles Shaw Winery

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

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • Middle Sister

    Because we remember swim lessons and day camp and beach houses. Because we forget bad boyfriends,...

  • Barefoot Cellars

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

  • Tisdale Vineyards

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

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USA on Snooth

  • Lieb Cellars Cabernet Franc Reserve North Fork of Long Island 2015

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    Light cherry and raspberry fruit aromas with a candied sugar quality and a hint of wildflower. Nicely fruited and pleasantly herbed on the palate, with dark raspberry and crispy cranberry fruit flavors, good fresh acidity and a palate that's light on its feet, a touch of blueberry and warming tannins on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Marlowes


  • Cruzan Cream Rum NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Dragon6


  • Cline Family Cellars Cashmere Red Blend California 2015

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    Dusty cocoa and vanilla aromas with light red berry fruit. Surprisingly soft on the palate with touches of crushed flower and perfume amidst tart red fruit and big bunches of berries, finishing with a bit of spice and an earthy chocolate note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Apsara Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch 2012

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    Pleasant, fruity nose. Currant and prune on the tongue. Then some coffee and dustiness. Still some quite stiff tannins. Some raspiness on the rear palate. While this is an enjoyable wine, today, it can do with a few more years of sideways. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bridlewood Pinot Noir Monterey County 2014

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    Pleasant, unassuming cherry and raspberry aromas. Cherry flavors and good acidity on the palate with a touch of earth and a finish that's a bit spiky with more than a little tar, almost overwhelming the fruit but finishing with some dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cannery Row Chapter One California Chardonnay 2015

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    Alert, Alert, ALERT!!!!! Randy is going to say something nice about California wine and Chardonnay. This was very good, I personally did not buy it, but with that admission, I wish I had. So the next time I see it, I will linger, depending on the price. Formerly a charter member of the ABC Club. Nothing ever stays the same. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • RC - Yes, you did mention that you've tried several bottles.  They ... ... already available in the USA. &nbs Read More

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  • Limerick Lane Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

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    First impression is that this is a medium-bodied Zinfandel. Initial flavor profile is light red fruitplum, cherry. Very moderate tannin. Leaning slightly towards acidic tartness. Definitely not as long an ager as I thought the 2014 was. Still a good drink, today, though. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ravenswood Besieged 2014

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    A Ravenswood project and a veritable whos who of deep red grape varieties. Surprisingly restrained yet still a touch heated on the nose with spicy blackberry and black currant aromas and pleasant sweet spice. Quite fruity on entry and intriguingly diverse, beginning with blueberry, black cherry and blackberry fruit before releasing a swath of ta... 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

    Comment by 519090EDDIE DAVIS 519090 EDDIE DAVIS


  • 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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