About Cider from USA

About Cider 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

Cider

Two K Farms  2019 Russet Heritage Cider
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Herbal aromas of pecans, apricot, fresh mint, fennel, bee pollen, and aniseed with a lightly tannic, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, long tart green apple, ginger-spiced marmalade, hints of coconut, and tea finish. An enchanting and complex Cider that’s light on the palate while offering a lengthy finish; spicy, fruity, and satisfying.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Kaneb Orchards  Cranberry Crisp Cider
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas of ripe strawberry, fresh, crisp apple, and pickled mango with a vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, charming, medium-length green apple with walnut praline, strawberry jelly, and persimmon finish. A crisp and friendly fruit cider that’s balanced and lively.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Milea Estate  The Jumper Hard Cider
92 points
$4
Best Buy
Light emerald straw color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of apple yogurt, sourdough toast, pear skin, pie crust, and honeycomb wax candle with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of lemon and tangerine, green apple slaw, and starfruit. A nice, dryish earthy Cider packed with refreshment.
92 points $4 Best Buy
Two K Farms  2019 Spitzenburg Heritage Cider
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of struck match, gooseberry, banana bread, osage orange, and avocado with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, light body and an even, medium-length finish revealing nuances of baked green apples and caramel-drizzled nuts. A funky, fruity single varietal cider for the table; pair with funky cheeses topped with fruit compotes. Sauvignon Blanc lovers need apply.
92 points $14 Best Buy
ACE  Guava Fruit Cider
91 points
$9
Best Buy
Sedimentary hazy steely orange color. Aromas and flavors of peach puree, mango, papaya, passion fruit, eucalyptus, and sour apple taffy with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, medium-long finish. A tropical, peachy-sweet Cider with an all-natural vibe; a fun summer refresher with a delicious balance of flavors.
91 points $9 Best Buy
Two K Farms  2019 Macoun Heritage Cider
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Interesting aromas of ground cherries, wild strawberries, Greek yogurt, and cola with a round, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long candied lemon peel and ginger tea finish. A round, wonderfully balanced single-variety Cider with great food affinity and a lengthy finish.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Wicked Grove  Crisp Apple Hard Cider
90 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Brilliant straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spicy poached apple with caramel, hard apple candy, and apple soda with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-length finish that exhibits suggestions of dried peach and candied citrus peels. A mouthwatering, fruity Cider for carefree sipping.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Kaneb Orchards  St. Lawrence Cider
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of crisp golden apple, ripe pear, beeswax, and pressed flowers with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying notes of starfruit and melon. An effortlessly drinkable fruity apple cider with a balanced kiss of sweetness.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Kaneb Orchards  Raquette River Cider
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw green white gold color. Aromas of heirloom apple, pastry dough, honeydew melon, and hazelnut biscotti with a round, bright, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long honey-drizzled dried pears finish. A dry, crisp, champagne-like cider.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Two K Farms  2019 Kingston Black English Cider
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Spicy aromas and flavors of black licorice, sassafras and peppermint with a satiny, lively, effervescent, medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of shortbread and marmalade. A single-variety Cider that offers something completely different; explore the hot Kingston Black variety and enjoy this cider with unlimited pairing possibilities; light, bright, spicy and alluring.
89 points $14 Best Buy