Locally Made Wines Worth Tracking Down
Instead of reaching for the usual French or Italian wines, try a bottle produced closer to home.
California’s Napa Valley, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, New York’s Finger Lakes—thanks to these standout wine regions, U.S. viniculture now holds its own against France and Italy. Also thanks to these trailblazers, there are pockets of local vineyards gaining popularity all across the country, and it’s not just locavores who are interested in sampling their wares. Tasting a local wine is a great way to experience the terroir of one’s own region. A wine from Rhode Island, where the summers are short, for example, will have different characteristics than one produced in the rugged, hot Sierra Nevada Foothills. American regions are popping up in all sorts of unexpected areas—chances are, there’s one near you. Start your search here for quality local winemakers, or even consider creating your own blend with DIY kits.