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United States

United States

There is a great deal more to American wines than California and Chardonnay, though both of these flagships still prosper and dazzle.  Less well known is that the majority of states in the USA are producers of wine.

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    • Origin
    • California
    This medium bodied wine offers flavors of juicy blackberry cobbler, dark plum, with a lengthy finish of coconut and vanilla. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Santa Barbara
    • California
    Flavours of Apricot, cantaloupe and lime zest marry to make a wine which closes with a controlled dryness and acidity. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Santa Barbara
    • California
    Rich and Burgundian in style with rpe tropical fruits and a soft nutty finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • United States
    There are aromas of apples, pear, and citrus along with some exotic fruit and toast. On the palate it’s decadent without being heavy, balanced ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA ~ California
    Intense yet precise aromas of red fruit (raspberry and blackcurrant) complemented by notes of black pepper and laurel. Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA
    Aromatically intense notes of roses, burnt orange, cranberry, smoked cherry, hibiscus, cinnamon and strawberry can be found. On the palate there is lo... Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA
    Intense aromas of lemon and white peach are complemented with notes of flint, toasted coconut and lime leaves. On the palate, concentrated and mouthwa... Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA ~ California
    A delicious sweet rose packed with red-berry fruit. Ideal on its own or with shellfish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA ~ California
    Coral pink in colour. Delicate and refreshing with soft fruit flavours of strawberries and peaches. Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA ~ California
    Spicy red fruit aromas with a hint of dark chocolate. Rich and full, brimming with elegant plum and cassis fruit flavours balanced with a touch of spi... Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA ~ California
    A delicious medium pink wine with hints of fresh strawberries and summer fruits. Candied fruit flavour is the key to its approachability and popu... Read More
    BUY 12 for £79.06 £6.59 per bottle £65.88 exc VAT £5.49 exc VAT
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    • Origin
    • USA ~ California
    A White Zinfandel, light to medium bodied with bright aromas of strawberry and watermelon. Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA ~ California
    A delicious medium pink wine with hints of fresh strawberries and summer fruits. Candied fruit flavour is the key to its approachability and popularit... Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA ~ California
    This is a light medium sweet rose from the Napa valley. Attractive strawberry pink in colour, on the with delicious sweet summer fruits showing throug... Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA
    It is deep honey in colour with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavour and a well balanced finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • USA
    This is an uncomplicated bourbon that delivers a clean, light palate and represents fantastic value for money. A slightly flowery character is well su... Read More
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The Zinfandel grape is surely the most versatile in the world and the Napa Valley can blend Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to compete with Bordeaux.  It is a land that combines a love for experimentation with a robust knowledge of what it does well. The possibilities seem endless.

History

The USA has packed a great deal of incident into its relatively short viticultural history.  Arriving from Europe in the eighteenth century, vines were thriving by the time phylloxera struck in the late nineteenth century.  Already reeling, the industry was dealt a heavier blow by the Prohibition which prevailed from 1920-1933.  The Second World War did nothing to encourage a rebirth, but prosperity and international influence in the sixties and seventies ensured the survival and eventual explosion of winemaking in California and beyond.

The Classification System

In 1980 the USA was divided by law into over a hundred American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).  These are purely geographical, being devised around climate, topography and soil type, and no European-style rules and regulations are attached.  It is not a system that has impressed producers and, as the AVA does not appear on the label, it is largely irrelevant to the consumer.

Climate and Conditions

It is unsurprising that California dominates the American wines that we see as it accounts for over 90 per cent of production and much of the best. Sadly, it is easy for excellent and interesting wines to be elbowed off the shelves by churned out, corporate offerings that sacrifice character for consistency and whose greatest desire is not to offend. They are not, however, representative of American wine on the whole, which is as vibrant and exciting as anywhere else in the world and a delight to explore.

 

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