About Sparkling Wines from USA

About Sparkling Wines 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

Sparkling Wines

Hagafen 2015 Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine Napa Valley
92 points
$48
Bright salmon orange color. Fruity aromas of ripe raspberries, blackberry jam on toast, vanilla-sandalwood, and spiced plum tart with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, involved, very long dried pineapple, spiced apple butter, sautéed mushrooms, bay leaf, allspice, and toasted almond slivers finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity Napa rose sparkler that is balanced by a hint of earthy charm.
Glenora 2014 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Chardonnay
92 points
$29.99
Light straw color. Fruity aromas of peach skin and dehydrated strawberry with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length granny smith, lime zest, and Campari finish. A zippy little Blanc de Blanc; a prelude to a meal meant to impress.
92 points $29.99
Comartin Cellars NV Cuvée Jennifer Sonoma County
91 points
$45
Pale amber salmon color. Inviting aromas of buttered brioche, orange marmalade, apricot-mango yogurt, and iced apple danish with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, subtle, long sourdough with strawberry jam, dried bananas, southern biscuits, and hint of maple finish with moderate oak flavor. A delicious rose Sonoma sparkler that satisfies with classic notes of brioche and succulent strawberry.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Brut Sparkling Willamette Valley
91 points
$55
Medium straw color. Aromas of fallen green apple and grape with a lean, tart, petillant, dry medium body and a smooth, delightful, brisk kaffir lime, underripe green apple, and toast finish. A racy sparkling with acid to spare for opening up the palate.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Brut Rosé California
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas and flavors of lemon peel, underripe strawberries, nectarine, wheat grass, and wool with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, crisp finish with notes of strawberry confiture and gravel with no oak flavor. A tasty and balanced anytime sparkler.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Brut Rosé California
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Amber salmon color. Aromas of orange pekoe tea, guava, cherry blossom, dark berry jelly, and chalk with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a compelling, medium-length sundried tomato, minerals, and croissant with strawberry yogurt finish. A nicely carbonated and very drinkable sparkler for everyday celebrations.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $10 and Under'
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry Sparkling California
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Attractive aromas of ripe pears, white peach, apple sharlotka, lily, wet grass, and tangerine zest with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length flaky pastry, starfruit, melon, and lemon balm finish with no oak flavor. An instantly appealing, fresh and clean sparkler to drink at all occasions.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $10 and Under'
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
The Diver NV Sparkling Brut Rosé California
88 points
$16.99
Medium light siam color. Aromas of watermelon and biscuit with a soft, tangy, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk green strawberry and key lime finish. A spritzy rose sparkler for beginning the outdoor festivities.
88 points $16.99
Door 44 NV Hybrid Rosé Sparkler Wisconsin
88 points
$21
Clear khaki orange color. Floral aromas of chrysanthemum, jasmine, cantaloupe and orange blossom water with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length compressed watermelon, peach gummies and mango finish with no oak flavor. A vivacious, fruity sparkler with a moscato-like nose but dry and sophisticated palate.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Cuvée Sparkling California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of buttered wonder bread, capers, white strawberry in syrup, and lime pith with a glycerous, fizzy, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length poached pears in powdered sugar, candied peach, and dove soap finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A crispy California sparkler with big fruity appeal.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $10 and Under'
87 points $9.99 Best Buy