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

G Joy  Junmai Gingo Genshu Sake
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of whipped cream, coconut, yuzu, and flint with a lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, long apricot stone, watermelon, mushroom, white pepper, and almond finish. A concentrated and warming sake best for rich meals; try with Chinese pork dishes or Korean barbecue.
93 points $20 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.
Momokawa  Pearl Junmai Nigori Genshu Sake
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of crushed pineapple, starfruit, creme anglaise, marshmallow, and candied orange with a creamy, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length banana candies finish. A creamy fruit-forward treat for after-dinner sipping or spicy fare.
89 points $14 Best Buy
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
Moonstone  Cucumber Mint Sake
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of cucumbers, lime-spritzed jicama, cream cheese, melon, and honey with a silky, crisp, light body and an effortless, medium-length finish. A tasty sake flavored with great restraint; pure cucumber essence shines making this a great beverage for the table, cocktails, and party refreshments.
88 points $13 Best Buy
North American Sake Brewery  Real Magic Junmai Sake
85 points
$18
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry, grapefruit peel, fresh cut grass, buttered toast, and green bell pepper with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish. THE Sake for Sauvignon Blanc drinkers; ready for summer.
Yomi  Junmai Ginjo
85 points
$5
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of green apple and green mango with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy linen, kumquat, flint, and aloe finish. A mild and refreshing sake for delicate pairings.
85 points $5 Best Buy
Momokawa  Medium Dry Diamond Junmai Ginjo Sake
85 points
$14
White gold color. Aromas of lime leaf, green apple, and dough with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, breezy apple and basil finish. A easy-drinking Junmai Ginjo for casual pairings.
Momokawa  Dry Crisp Silver Junmai Ginjo Sake
84 points
$14
White gold color. Aromas of hibiscus and passionfruit with a silky, bright, fruity light body and an even, interesting, medium-length meyer lemon, fresh cream, and toasted ciabatta finish. A very refreshing summertime Junmai Ginjo that will be equally great in the yard or at the table.
North American Sake Brewery  Serenity Now Junmai Daiginjo Sake
83 points
$19
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden apple, tangerine, toasted oats, and frosted rice cake with a supple, lively, dryish light body and an even, brisk finish. An easy drinking Sake to serve warm or in cocktails.