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 NV Blanc De Blancs Napa County
93 points
$23
Yellow straw color. Aromas of vanilla frosted banana and coconut cakes and spiced pineapple with a bright, bubbly, dry full body and a long fruit parfait, creme anglaise, and macaroons finish with no oak flavor. A creamy, buttery, richly fruit-driven domestic sparkler that will appeal to Champagne drinkers.
City Winery 2018 Methode Champenoise North Fork Of Long Island
93 points
$42
Straw color. Aromas of lemongrass, carrot cake, malted barley, and sunflower with a full body and a long roasted pear, cold herbs, apple core, and green fig finish. This is a wine that over delivers with complex aromas; find yourself in a field full of sunflowers.
Damiani Wine Cellars 2013 Brut Méthode Champenoise Finger Lakes
93 points
$42.99
White gold color. Floral, toasty aromas and flavors of orange marmalade and toasted brioche, spiced caramel apple in cast iron, and apple blossoms with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, complex, very long finish manifesting impressions of caramelized citrus, roasted apples and pears, sautéed almonds, and minerals with a suggestion of oak flavor. A toasty, robust Champagne-like bubbly for fans of Krug.
93 points $42.99
Frog’s Tooth 2018 Pink Diamonds Sparkling Rose Sierra Foothills
92 points
$24
Pink color. Aromas of strawberry and rye with a full body and a long dried cranberry, normandy apples, and rye finish. 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
$45
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple and pear, chestnut honey on sourdough toast, marzipan, and caramelized citrus with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of peach and kiwi skins and roasted citrus with no oak flavor. Dry, mature-seeming California sparkler moonlighting in the style of Blanc de Noir Champagne.
William Heritage 2018 Blanc de Noirs Outer Coastal Plain
92 points
$46
Pale gold color. Aromas of peach cobbler, honey, and toasted brioche with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry light body and an effortless, medium-length hints of white strawberry and baklava finish. A crisp and elegant Blanc de Noirs with nice texture and depth.
Stone Hill NV Demi-Sec Sparkling Wine Hermann
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, mango, lychee, lime, and tarragon with a round, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish evoking suggestions of pears in syrup with no oak flavor. A fresh, pure and exotic sparkling wine for fans of Gewurztraminer.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Clovis Point 2016 Sparkling Brut Cabernet Franc
91 points
$47
Gold color. Aromas of oak, green apple and apple sauce with a dry full body and a long green apple, almond slices, nutella, and mushroom finish with no oak flavor. A high quality example of a domestic sparkling wine.
Lawer Estates NV Brut Reserve Sparkling Wine California
91 points
$22
Yellow straw color. Aromas of sweet bread, white peach, flint, pear, green kiwi, and almond with a supple, lively, bubbly, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length yellow apple, chalk, and lemon curd finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright creamy, bubbly Brut full of rich traditional method flavors.
Buttonwood Grove Winery 2019 Bubbly Riesling
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of kiwi, pineapple, petrol, banana, and ripe apricot with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length finish imparting overtones of peaches in syrup, sugared ripe tangerine, and sweet apples with no oak flavor. A fruity, easy-to-love sparkler; fun and fresh.
91 points $17 Best Buy