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

  • Sullivan Vineyards

    Arriving in the Napa Valley in 1972, Jim and JoAnna Sullivan purchased property in Rutherford, wh...

  • Almaden Vineyards

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

  • Purple Moon Winery

    About  Purple Moon Shiraz: The first bottle we tried, we could not believe how good the wine...

  • Glass Mountain

    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

  • Tisdale Vineyards

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

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

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  • Grgich Hills Merlot 2013

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    Interesting wine. VERY light on the fruitcassis, blueberryon the tip of the tongue. Im thinking Cabernet Sauvignon, here, not Merlot. Some stoniness. Very serious tannin. Im OK with this wine, as is, because I really did not pay much for it. However, the lack of fruit and the lack of acid suggests to me that it is not a candidate for aging. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Redwood Creek Chardonnay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Joel Gott Merlot 2014

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    Better than Barefoot but very average. I'm not sure why I bought it. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Zin-Phomaniac Zinfandel Lodi 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Pecos4


  • The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel Mendocino County 2015

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    Woody pencil shaving and ripe blueberry and raspberry fruit aromas. Spicy, bold and assertive with black strap molasses and blackberry preserve fruit, full acidity and a tangy, tart and tannic finish of milk chocolate and vanilla bean. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine Ste Michelle Michelle Brut Rose NV

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    Cherry, strawberry and grapefruit aromas with a light brioche note. Tart and refreshing palate with a touch of mixed berry sweetness on the attack, a flash of molasses and a zesty and quite acidity driven red fruit palate towards the long cranberry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fess Parker Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014

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    Garnet in color and a bit shy on the nose with medium light weight. Redish blue fruit with great acidity and a very tame finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I couldn't agree more."RH" JUST may change the style of Finer ... ... Beverage service in the USA.--  I have cautioned many restauranteurs.. That maybe in the Near future.. White Table Cloths on Tables and Chairs with Glassware may be replaced with fine furniture and Crystal in a more elegant/ relaxed setting that  includes entertainment and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic RH or Restoration Hardware is...


  • Bellview Winery Chambourcin 2012

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    Two days ago I was writing a message to my favourite superfast gentleman Samuel Trepanier. I immediately thought it would be so great to have a wine like him classy, gentle, intriguing but also strong, fast and mature. Stylish, speaking French and sometimes with the smell of the leather jacket...I went to my little cellar and I saw a bottle ... Read More

    Wine review by Nana Marie


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