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

Paradise Ridge 2012 Love Late Disgorge Blanc de Blanc Russian River Valley
92 points
$52
Yellow straw color. Aromas of green apple, artisan pastry crust, and creamy caramel with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length lime zest and juice, buttered toast, and limestone finish. A bright, citrusy Blancs de Blancs that opens the palate with remarkable freshness for its maturity.
R. Stuart NV Rosé dOr Sparkling Willamette Valley
92 points
$50
Pale amber color. Aromas of cherry mostarda, melon, lemon curd, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long lingonberry tart, candied citrus peel, pressed flowers, and herbs finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A robust and character rich rose sparkler that will be fun to pair with.
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
Bee D’Vine NV Demi-Sec Sparkling Honey Wine
91 points
$49
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of grape pips, exotic flowers, and almond butter with a bright, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with notes of apple mint relish, vanilla cream, and melon balls with no oak flavor. A fun, fragrant spritzy off-dry sparkler that is perfect for dining al fresco.
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 Extra Dry Sparkling California
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Fruity, floral aromas of hot house flowers, fancy tropical fruit salad, and panettone with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, long pineapple sorbet, caramel green apple, and clementine finish with no oak flavor. A tangy, appetizing sparkler with great refreshing fruit and length.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate NV Methode Champenoise Brut Sparkling American
90 points
$25
Pale straw color. Aromas of pear, candied walnut, pastry dough, and pressed flowers with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-long lemon chiffon and kiwi finish. Stupendously bright and celebratory with memorable length; this is a great sparkler for the holidays.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry Sparkling California
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of hot house flowers, fancy tropical fruit salad, and panettone with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish that shows elements of pineapple sorbet, caramel green apple, and clementine. A tangy, appetizing sparkler with great refreshing fruit and length.
Awards: Best Value US Sparkling Wine
90 points $9.99 Best Buy