USA

If the United States is the world's fourth largest wine-producing nation, California is far and away the country's most important winemaking region, accounting for 90 percent of production, and crafting some of the world's greatest Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Wine is actually produced in every one of America's 50 states, even if Utah, Wyoming and North Dakota have only 35ha of vines between them.

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The United States is the world's fourth largest wine-producing nation after FranceItaly and Spain, with double the quantity of fifth-placed Argentina. California is far and away the country's most important winemaking region, accounting for 90 percent of production. Wine is actually produced in every one of America's 50 states, even if Utah, Wyoming and North Dakota have only 12 wineries and just over 35ha of vines between them.

The history of the US wine industry is a thorny one; try as they might, the early East Coast settlers had little success making wine and had to wait until the mid-19th century for their first commercially-successful example: Nicholas Longworth's famous sparkling Catawba from Cincinnati, Ohio. The West Coast had a climate far more conducive to vine-growing and from its first vineyard (most likely Mission) planted in 1769 at San Diego, the wine industry swiftly flourished, boosted by the influx hastened by the Gold Rush.

However, the twin blights of mildew and phylloxera at end of the 19th century, followed by Prohibition from 1920 to 1933, set the wine industry back 100 years. Ever since, wine has endured a somewhat uneasy existence, flourishing despite an obstructive distribution system and often tacit government disapproval.

The US boasts every type of producer, from the tiny garagiste nurturing a couple of barrels of incredibly rare and expensive wine, to the monumental producers of cheap brands like Ernst & Julio Gallo who sell 75m cases of wine a year – 25 percent of the total production of the US. Such progress has largely taken place in the last 40 years through an unquenchable desire for quality, the insistence on the finest expertise and technology, enormous investment and astute marketing.   

California produces some of the world's greatest Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from famous regions like Napa and Sonoma. Recognition of this success dates back to the 1976 Judgment of Paris where The Golden State’s finest trounced the cream of French wine in a blind tasting.
After California, New York is in fact the second biggest wine-producing state; most wines are made from Concord, a grape often described as `foxy' – and not in a good way – although increasingly also from Chardonnay. From a qualitative point of view, however, California's closest rivals are  Washington, which specialises in Bordeaux blends, and Oregon - which yields some very fine Pinot Noir. Of the rest, Virginia's reds from Cabernet and Merlot are showing potential, while Georgia, Missouri, Texas, Idaho, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan all have significant plantings, mostly of hybrid American varieties.

Although it doesn't yet have an AOC system per se, the concept of American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) was introduced here in 1980. From the very first in Augusta, Missouri, they have now grown to number 188. AVAs have none of the restrictive rules of the AOC system and are all the better for it: 85 percent of any wine labelled with a given AVA must come from that region. In addition, every state and county is classified as its own appellation.

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Chateau Beaux Hauts, Drink now,

Bottle

£14.95

Case price (6)
£89.70

Bottle 6 x 75cl 198cs

£58.08
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Bonny Doon Vineyard, Ready, but will keep,

H/Bottle

£19.50

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Ridge Vineyards, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle

£27.75

Case price (12)
£299.64 Saving £33.36

Bottle 12 x 75cl 5cs

£223.68

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£340.00
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Andrew Will Winery, Ready, but will keep,

Bottle

£29.95

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£359.40
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Au Bon Climat, Ready, but will keep,

Bottle

£47.95

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£517.80 Saving £57.60

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£405.48
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Ramey Wine Cellars, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle

£99.00

Case price (12)
£1,188.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 4cs

£481.98
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Robert Mondavi, Drink now,

Case price (Bottle 6 x 75cl)

£656.34

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£533.94

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£800.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£810.00
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Opus One, Ready, but will improve,

Case price (Magnum 3 x 150cl)

£1,765.20

Magnum 3 x 150cl 1cs

£1,458.00
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Opus One, Ready, but will improve,

Case price (Magnum 3 x 150cl)

£1,783.20

Magnum 3 x 150cl 4cs

£1,473.00
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Opus One, Ready, but will improve,

Case price (Magnum 3 x 150cl)

£1,909.20

Magnum 3 x 150cl 4cs

£1,578.00
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Dominus Estate, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£375.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£475.00
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Dominus Estate, For laying down,

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£730.00
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Dominus Estate, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£995.00
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Dominus Estate, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£510.00
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Ridge Vineyards, Ready, but will keep,

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£1,120.00

Magnum 3 x 150cl 1cs

£898.00
New To BBX

Magnum 3 x 150cl 2cs

£928.00
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Dominus Estate, Ready, but will keep,
New To BBX

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£1,049.00
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Cayuse Vineyards, For laying down,

Bottle 3 x 75cl 1cs

£398.00
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Cayuse Vineyards, Ready, but will keep,

Bottle 3 x 75cl 1cs

£368.00
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Hundred Acre Winery, Ready, but will improve,
New To BBX

Bottle 3 x 75cl 1cs

£900.00
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Ridge Vineyards, Drink now,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£375.00
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Opus One, For laying down,
New To BBX

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£1,450.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£1,500.00
New To BBX

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£2,800.00
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Cayuse Vineyards, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle 3 x 75cl 1cs

£368.00

Bottle 3 x 75cl 1cs

£388.00

Bottle 3 x 75cl 4cs

£450.00
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Verite Winery, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£1,800.00
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Colgin Cellars, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 2cs

£4,800.00
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Colgin Cellars, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£5,000.00
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Dominus Estate, Ready, but will keep,
New To BBX

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£935.00
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Dominus Estate, Ready, but will keep,

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£1,100.00
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Au Bon Climat, Drink now,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£400.00
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Au Bon Climat, Drink now,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£480.00
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Opus One, For laying down,

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£1,498.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£1,500.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£1,575.00
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