With the exception of 1988's less-than-stellar vintage, the
United States has consistently produced some of the world's finest
wines over the past two decades. Regardless of varietal, a
U.S. made wine is sure to be a great value for a wine consumer.
The three major wine regions in the United States are seen to the
Move your mouse over each region to see a brief description of
that region. Clicking on a region will bring you to a list of
wines available from that region in our stores.
California is America's most important wine region in terms of both
production volume and quality. In fact, California has become one
of the premiere wine growing regions in the world. Because of its
size and varied climates, California is home to a vast array of
varietals. White wines from California include Chardonnay, Sauvignon
Blanc, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, and Semillon. Red grapes
grown in the state include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir,
Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Sangiovese.
Oregon wines have truly thrived over the past few decades, most notably
with Pinot Noir (red) and Pinot Gris (white). The state's northern
latitude brings long hours of summer sunshine to its vineyards, usually
adequate to fully ripen the grapes. Occasional marine breezes breach the
Coastal range, and help moderate the climate, causing the ripening
process for wine grapes to be gradual. The combination of these conditions
encourage the complex fruit flavors, aromatics, and nuances of Oregon wines.
Located on approximately the same latitude as Burgundy, Washington has
been quite successful growing Burgundian style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
One of America's most promising wine regions, Washington state currently
has over 13,000 acres of wine grapes and approximately 100 wineries.
Wine grapes are now the fourth most important fruit crop in Washington
State behind apples, cherries, and pears.
Click on a colored area for a list of all wines available from that