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

Mumm Napa 2016 DVX Methode Traditionnelle Sparkling Rosé Napa Valley
93 points
Excellent mousse and ripe red berries deftly balanced with autolysis and citrus tones; an excellent example of sparkling wine outside of Champagne.
City Winery 2018 Methode Champenoise North Fork Of Long Island
93 points
This is a wine that over delivers with complex aromas; find yourself in a field full of sunflowers.
Awards: 2023 Americana Cup - Best Sparkling Wine
Mumm Napa NV Blanc De Blancs Napa County
93 points
A creamy, buttery, richly fruit-driven domestic sparkler that will appeal to Champagne drinkers.
Awards: 2022 Best Blanc De Blancs
Gruet NV Méthode Champenoise Brut Rosé New Mexico
92 points
Best Buy
A very good wine with a complexity of tart orchard fruit and berries that exceeds expectations for sparkling wine from nontraditional regions.
92 points $17 Best Buy
Angels & Cowboys NV Methode Traditionnelle Brut Rose Sparkling Wine Sonoma County
92 points
Rich flavors and soft bubbles enhance the pleasurable concentration of red bramble berries on the nose and palate.
King Estate 2018 Estate Grown Méthod Champenoise Brut Cuvée Willamette Valley
92 points
Ploughman's lunch in a bottle with orchard fruit, berries, and brioche flavors playing off a hint of earthy cheese flavors.
Mumm Napa 2018 Méthode Tradionnelle Blanc De Noirs Napa Valley
92 points
A fresh, easy drinking sparkling wine with notes of orchard fruit and red berries that will add a literal pop to any night of the week.
Frog’s Tooth 2018 Pink Diamonds Sparkling Rose Sierra Foothills
92 points
A textured, earthy old world style wine for Champagne fans.
Bricoleur Vineyards NV Flying By The Seat Of Our Pants Brut Sparkling Wine North Coast
92 points
Dry, mature-seeming California sparkler moonlighting in the style of Blanc de Noir Champagne.
Awards: 2022 Best Brut
William Heritage 2018 Blanc de Noirs Outer Coastal Plain
92 points
A crisp and elegant Blanc de Noirs with nice texture and depth.