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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 3 Blind Moose

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

  • Ca' Momi Wines

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

  • Rex Goliath

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

  • Tisdale Vineyards

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

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Dark Horse Wine

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

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  • Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Oregon 2014

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    As usual, light bodied - but this fleshes out a little more with time. Plenty red berry fruit, bing cherry and a little tartness, spice, a little earthiness with light tannins and good acidity. Drink now - Paul - 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend les Chevaux 2013

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    Very good and a perfect everday wine. Aromas of violets, blackberry and spice lead to full mouthing palate. Smooth tannins, driving acidity, plenty of fruit...90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Rodney Strong Sonoma County Chardonnay 2013

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    Light on it's feet with some vanilla, green apples and a buttery finish. Not much length but satisfying. 85 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Melville Estate Verna's Syrah 2013

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    Rich and filling with blueberry, meaty tones, pepper, sage and medium tannins and bright acidity leads to medium length finish. Well melded now this is readt to drink. 92 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Bottle NV

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    For a birthday party (such as today), the Imperial Brut is perfect. This Champagne is full of citrus and buttered toast - less Brioche and vanilla and more acidic refreshment here. Excellent effervescence and mousse. A great Epernay house producing a bubbly for quotidian use. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • El Portal Barrel Select Red Table Wine 2009

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    Good wine, smooth and flavorful. Good with food, nice basic red wine. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza


  • Bogle Vineyards Chardonnay Clarksburg 2015

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    Toast and pear jam! Lovely.91 points Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Nothing as big or fancy as the above worthy wines.  I've always liked ... ... just don't carry non-USA wines I bought it just to try.Never heard of it and how or why they had it boggles the min Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Yardstick Cabernet Sauvignon Ruth's Reach Napa Valley Goldschmidt 2007

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    Lots of life left in this wine. Great color. Mixed berries and cherry on the nose,but very subtle or fading. On the palate nothing explosive, just steady flavors of cherry and a hint of vanilla. The finish is medium. Tannins were evident but on the soft side. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Yardstick Cabernet Sauvignon Ruth's Reach Napa Valley Goldschmidt 2007

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    Lots of life left in this wine. Great color. Mixed berries and cherry on the nose,but very subtle or fading. On the palate nothing explosive, just steady flavors of cherry and a hint of vanilla. The finish is medium. Tannins were evident but on the soft side. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


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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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