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 »

Varietals Produced in USA View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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

  • Ca' Momi Wines

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

  • Tisdale Vineyards

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

  • 3 Blind Moose

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

  • Matchbook

    This is a duplicate winery page of Matchbook Wine Company: http://www.snooth.com/winery/matchbo...

  • Dark Horse Wine

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

  • Joseph Carr

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

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USA on Snooth

  • Bogle Chardonnay 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Over ripe and over oaked. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • 2010 Ste Chapelle dry gewurztraminer 2010

    Snoothrank:

    It is dry...exactly like i enjoy it, not overtly sweet, but a bit tart but in a pleasant way and good to the last drop. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • I wonder what happened to Terrance. As I recall he was kind of learning about this stuff? I was kind of busting his chops a little bit but you're right - his drinking windows are way off. I've had plenty of those wines going back to the 1940s and while the Contino wasn't made back then, it is one of the wines I'd trust to age longer than any. Hi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cune, pronounced C.V.N.E, not...


  • River Road Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Reserve Selection 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Fantastic for the price! Very smooth with strawberry notes. Wish it opened up more, was expecting fruitier tones. Read More

    Wine review by rlb4227


  • If Terence Pang still sees these posts, I'd be curious how he determines his drinking windows... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cune, pronounced C.V.N.E, not...


  • Welcome, Pat.  Good luck at your dinner party. Never anything wrong with reviving an old thread--if you search tannins, you'll find threads right on point. I'm not at all sure that "full bodied reds" don't have tannins, even lots of them.  I think the bigger issue is that, perhaps, someone wants a "fruit forward" wine or something of that sort, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cune, pronounced C.V.N.E, not...


  • For a dinner party tonight I am asked to bring "full bodied red," so as to avoid tannins.  We're trying a 2010 right now.  It pleases me; hubby, not so much.I appreciate the scholarly approach to tannins.  One hates to go through an evening of harsh tannins to wind up looking like one has just sucked a lemon and one's tongue is stuck to the roof... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cune, pronounced C.V.N.E, not...


  • Queen of Hearts Pinot Noir 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Anne on 40th. A good pinot for the price. Exactly what I would expect to get for the money, except it was a gift from my daughter, which made it taste even better. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Mellville Syrah Estate Verna's 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Lots of light coming through the glass suggest, perhaps incorrectly, a medium-bodied red winea la a Pinot Noir. Something of a vegetative (green bell pepper or asparagus) and nutty (almond/walnut) nose. Initial mouth sensation supports the medium-body forecast. Then red cherry flavor with a thickness like caramel. After a few sips I realize t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Maggio Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Good Read More

    Wine review by calywa


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