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

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.
Pas de Deux NV Off-Dry Sparkling Moscato
90 points
$20
Straw green color. Aromas of ripe pear, honeycomb, sweet ginger, honeysuckle, and fresh tarragon with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length magnolia, ripe melon, rosewater, lemon spritz, and acacia finish with no oak flavor. Concentrated floral notes that will bring a perfumed, spring-like cheer to everyday celebrations.
Wooden Shoe Vineyards 2018 Sparkling Albarino
90 points
$20
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime sorbet, tangerine zest, shale, and honeycomb with a satiny, lively, effervescent, light body and a silky, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of honeydew melon and toasted almond with no oak flavor. A crisp and refreshing sparkler with an alluring texture and minerality; superb for shellfish.
Wooden Shoe Vineyards 2017 Sparkling Moscato Rosé Willamette Valley
90 points
$25
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of candied pineapple and tropical citrus blossoms with a crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and an amusing, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of apricot sorbet, honeyed green apple, and lychee with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delightfully floral and attractive sparkler with charm and finesse.
Bee D’Vine NV Brut Sparkling Honey Wine
90 points
$49
Emerald straw color. Aromas of wintergreen, exotic tropical fruits, and coriander spiced honeydew with a crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length breadfruit, kiwi, guanabana, and powdered sugar and almond flour finish with no oak flavor. An interesting and exotically aromatic sparkler that will be fun to pair with.