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

Bright Leaf Vineyard 2018 Eclair Cuvée Brut Finger Lakes
93 points
$36
Well-balanced structure with direct flavors of orchard fruit, citrus, and mild lees aging; a crowd pleaser for any lovers of traditional sparkling wines.
Chateau Chantal NV Bubbly Cherry Michigan
93 points
$18
Best Buy
A rich, spicy, sweet, and satisfying cherry sparkling dessert wine that will be a delicious 'dessert in a glass' or vanilla ice cream pairing.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Tabone Vineyards 2020 Bubbly Riesling
93 points
$30
Smells and tastes like Riesling; the bubbles are fun and lively, so an all around winner.
Mumm Napa 2016 DVX Methode Traditionnelle Sparkling Rosé Napa Valley
93 points
$85
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
$42
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
Fulkerson NV Sparklin Diamond
92 points
$16
Best Buy
A delicious off-dry sparkler with rich ripe fruit for days.
92 points $16 Best Buy
St. Julian NV Gru V Bubbly Gruner Veltliner
92 points
$15
Best Buy
A racy and rewarding sparkling Gruner with great fruit and savory table tuned flavors and structure, especially salads.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Shady Lane Cellars 2021 Sparkling Riesling
92 points
$25
An all star picnic wine for those looking for something with a little sweetness and floral characteristics.
Gruet NV Méthode Champenoise Brut Rosé New Mexico
92 points
$17
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
$24
Rich flavors and soft bubbles enhance the pleasurable concentration of red bramble berries on the nose and palate.