About Sake from USA

About Sake 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

Sake

SakéOne  Naginata Junmai Daiginjo Sake
94 points
$60
Silvery straw color. Aromas of papaya, pickled mango, allspice, shiso, and creme caramel with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, long tamarind chutney, lime, and yogurt finish. A fruity, vibrant and outgoing Sake that will pair very well with spicy, tropical dishes.
Awards: 2020 Best Sake
Naginata  Junmai Daiginjo Sake
93 points
$60
Emerald straw color. Complex aromas of slate, fresh croissants, hints of brie with honey, cantaloupe, and rice milk with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long apples in cream, hints of table grapes, sea salt, and ginger finish. A rich, round and robust Junmai Daiginjo that will shine at the table.
Awards: 2021 Best Sake
Momokawa Diamond  Medium Dry Junmai Ginjo Sake
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of hints of white peach, wildflowers, and banana with a round, bright, dryish medium body and a polished, complex, medium-long hints of hoisin-kissed eggplant and coconut water finish. A tasty Junmai Ginjo Sake that offers well-balanced flavors that weave between fruity and savory; a very good pairing for beef and richer cheeses.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Yomi  Junmai Ginjo Sake
89 points
$6
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas of asian pear, strawberry, cedar, pink peppercorns, and fresh ginger with a supple, soft, dryish medium body and a seamless, medium-length marshmallow, ginseng, and hints of fresh coconut finish. A silky and restrained Junmai Ginjo Sake well-suited to light pairings.
89 points $6 Best Buy
Momokawa Pearl  Creamy Nigori Sake
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Opaque creamy color. Aromas of condensed milk, pineapple-banana flan, and fried plantain with a creamy, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long coconut pudding, hints of ginger, nutmeg, and shitake finish. A decadent, almost-off-dry Nigori Sake that will be a treat with spicy foods.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Roga  Junmai Daiginjo
89 points
$18
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of pine nut brittle, honeycrisp apples, dried pineapple, hints of soy, and musk with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with accents of beurre blanc, clove, and horchata finish. A table-ready Junmai Daiginjo with a full body and grippy texture.
G Joy  Junmai Ginjo Genshu Sake
88 points
$20
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe apple, strawberry danish, pineapple, japanese sweet potato, and lemongrass with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, crisp hints of lime, stone, and peppercorns finish. A solid Genshu Sake.
Roga  Junmai Sake
88 points
$15
Best Buy
White gold color. Fruity aromas of sticky rice, jicama, honeyed peach, ripe melons, and strawberry with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, snappy white peppercorns and hints of preserved ginger finish. A fruity entry point into Sake that’s easy to love.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Momokawa Organic  Medium Rich Junmai Ginjo Sake
86 points
$17
Silvery straw color. Aromas of white strawberry, rhubarb, kiwi, and banana with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a silky, medium-length white melon, ume, and macadamia finish. Gentle fruit aromas and a plush mouthfeel; this is an assuaging Junmai Ginjo that drinks effortlessly.
G Fifty  Junmal Ginjo Genshu Sake
86 points
$25
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of banana taffy and green pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length banana cake, dried peach and apples in vinaigrette finish. Bold fruity aromatics stand out in this domestic Genshu Sake.