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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • 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,...

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • 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

  • Estancia Gsm Reserve 2012

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    A bit shy on the fruit. Bitter mid palate with a shortish finish. I'm not sure what the winemaker was trying to do with this wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Makers Mark Whisky

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    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Courtney Benham Gewürztraminer Sonoma County 2014

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    nose starts with heavy tropical flowers that are very fresh and crispy at the end. light beginning in taste, round, jelly body with peach with something tropical again, like "Acca sellowiana"... very consistent combination of nose and flavor. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Chateau Julien Merlot 2002

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    It's 15 years old now, the oldest wine I ever had till today... and I'm not impressed. The flavor is good, in general - it's round, ripe red fruits with prunes and leather. It has nice short aftertaste and significant amount of sediment, at least according to my experience... don't shake it=) but I could get all that with younger wines and I don... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Tisdale Vineyards Zinfandel Blend California White Zinfandel 2005

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    CHEAP AND VERY VERY CHEERFUL INDEED! Read More

    Wine review by amour


  • Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Syrah 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by mmelko


  • Lagier Meredith Syrah Mt. Veeder 2010

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    Quite dark purple in the glass. Slightly floral nose, but, really, more dark fruit. Nice hit of tart dark fruit on entry. Not particularly big tannins as the wine passes back, but slightly bitter puckeriness is noticed. Im a bit surprised that the tartness noticed on the tip of the tongue seems to diminish quickly as the wine passes back. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Lieb Cellars Blanc de Blancs Reserve 2011

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    Soft hay, white blossom and pear aromas. A hint of sweet spice on entry, this tingles on the palate and comes with fresh lemon, pink grapefruit and a full texture. Turns creamy on the finish, with pastry cream and butter, a touch of tangerine and a light citrus and apple finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • SAVED California 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by rocktwosms


  • Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Steve Bennett


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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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