THOUGH FAR FROM FRANCE’S FAMED WINE REGIONS, STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, AND VIRGINIA ARE OFFERING OENOPHILES SOMETHING NEW TO SAVOR
Most wine aficionados are familiar with the cabernet sauvignon of Napa Valley, Calif., and the pinot noir of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. And though fewer have experienced a tempranillo from Texas or a riesling from Idaho, that is certainly changing. America has reached a new age in wine production, and with wine coming from all 50 states, the U.S. is joining the ranks of countries celebrated for offering a fresh take on the vinous experience.
Even though some of its vineyards are hundreds of years old, America is considered a newcomer in wine production for its continued development. The number of North American wineries surpassed 8,000 in 2014, and the growth is expected to continue. With well-received varietals stemming from California, Virginia, New York, Texas and more, there’s no doubt that American vines are here to stay.