Wine 101: The Basics
Every wine has its own unique flavors and characteristics depending on where it's grown, how it's grown, and other climatic factors.
Wine has been produced in the United States since the early 17th century, but it's gained international prominence in the last 40 years. Thanks largely in part to Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
Every state in the U.S produces wine on some level. California produces 90% of U.S. wine.
Wine grapes native to the U.S. like Vitis labrusca (think grape juice) take a back seat to Vitis vinifera (the origin of popular grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, etc.), but you can still find them and drink them.
Most Popular Wine Grapes Grown in the U.S.: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, White Zinfandel, Zinfandel.
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