About Mead from USA

About Mead from USA
The United States is one of the most important players in the wine industry. On sheer numbers alone, the US is the fourth largest country in terms of total production; but it is the outstanding quality of wines from the US that is an additional part of its worldwide prestige. While the first wines produced in the colonies date back to the late 18th century, it has only been since the mid-1960s that the US has entered the premium wine market on a large scale. California, especially Napa Valley and Sonoma County were the areas that drove the new quality movement. Other areas in California also were home to great wines; soon Washington and Oregon were home to first-class wines as well. New York State, especially the Finger Lakes are was rediscovered for its Rieslings and soon wineries started opening in states such as Texas, Virginia and North Carolina. Today, 90% of domestic premium wine is produced in California and there are several wine types that share the spotlight; these include Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Sonoma's Russian River Valley as well as Santa Barbara County and Chardonnay from several regions, such as Monterey and Sonoma County. Bordeaux-styles reds from Washington State have received great acclaim as have Oregon Pinot Noirs. Today, the United States is in an enviable position of being one of the largest producers of wine as well as one of the most celebrated.

Top Picks for USA

Mead

Sun Up Brewing Company  Sunnas Nektar Braggot
95 points
$75
Dark copper color. Complex aromas and flavors of toasted fruit cake, caramelized roasted chestnuts, hint of tamari, and chocolate yogurt with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, long finish with accents of caramelized citrus, pepper, and chocolate gingerbread finish. A very complex and layered braggot with great flavor and balance.
Awards: 2017 Best Mead
Liquid Alchemy Beverages  Ground & Tapped Mead
93 points
$15
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cold brew coffee, hint of honeyed peach, and cigar ash with a satiny, shy, fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish revealing notes of honeycomb, soy latte with honey, cocoa powder, and coffee ice cream finish. A round and pleasant coffee mead that is sure to please, try with desserts.
Oran Mor  Aphrodites Obsession Mead
93 points
$30
Tomato bisque color. Complex, interesting aromas and flavors of tomato bisque with creme fraiche and fried sage, chocolate craisins, seared kobe beef teriyaki, and cherry hibiscus mint tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, long finish with impressions of chocolate mint cookie, sarsaparilla, and sautéed shiitakes with cocktail bitters finish. A unique and somewhat Promethean flavor ride, jump on board.
Liquid Alchemy Beverages  Pucker-Up-Baby-DRY Mead
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty light ruby color. Aromas of circus peanut, macadamia gelato, meringue, and pine needle and bark with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, subtle, medium-long orange blossom honey, nougat, hibiscus tea, and suede finish. A very interesting, creamy, fruit rosé wine like mead.
93 points $15 Best Buy
HoneyMaker  Lavender Mead
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Dusty golden straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lemon ginger sorbet, dried verbena and lavender, and key lime pie with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, elegant, long finish with overtones of spiced nectarine and honey roasted nuts with lemon zest finish. A lively and delicious lightly herbal and citrusy mead.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Martin Brothers  Wildflower Sweet Mead
93 points
$25
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple and pineapple, delicate mint and wintergreen, and dried honey with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of apple and peach sauce, pineapple slices, and lychee finish. A vibrant, refreshing mead that will appealing to gewurztraminer fans.
Awards: 2017 Best Traditional Mead
Colorado Honey Wines  Romantic Traveler
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Copper garnet color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of dried berries and cherries, spiced nuts, cocktail bitters, and sassafras with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp finish revealing notes of cherry cola, sarsaparilla, cinchona, and pine cone finish. A soft and spicy mead that drinks a bit like sangria.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Bootleg Hill Honey Meads 2017 Bad Ass Mead with Coffee
92 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Minutely hazy gold color. Roasted, interesting aromas and flavors of artisanal coffee, baking chocolate, honey roasted nuts, and hint of sweet gherkin with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with shades of spiced baked apple, spiced nuts and yams, pumpkin spiced latte, and hint of chili powder finish. A rich and nicely balanced coffee-flavored mead with with complex flavors and a long finish.
92 points $15.99 Best Buy
Liquid Alchemy Beverages  Thai-GRRR Mead
92 points
$12.50
Best Buy
Minutely hazy yellow color. Exotic, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon-ginger chiffon, lavender honey, lime chutney, and floral coconut with a silky, crisp, off-dry full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish. A fun, citrusy, lightly peppery mead that will be fun to try with hot and spicy dishes.
92 points $12.50 Best Buy
Martin Brothers  Lucerne Blossom Mead
91 points
$26
Golden yellow color. Floral aromas and flavors of prairie grasses, spearmint, lily, hazelnut liqueur, and lanolin with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with accents of tangerine and melon finish. Mead as mead should be, sweet floral notes blend elegantly with a wild and herbal underbelly.