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Wines of United States

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

When you run a wine tasting, one of the great ways to keep people engaged all the time is to ask questions – trivia type and not. One of the simple warmup questions I like to ask  the audience is “What do you think, how many states make the wine in the US? This sounds simple enough and goes into “your guess is as good as mine” category. People usually start with some random number (trying to put sense into it, though), and sometime someone will say “all 50” – often just as a joke . Actually, it is the correct answer – for w while, all 50 states produce some wines.

So did you ever think of exploring and experiencing the wines of all 50 states? I’m sure that you had California, Oregon, Washington and New York wines, but what about the other 46 states? Last week in Florida, I came across Lakeridge Winery Southern Red Premium Table Wine produced in Clermont, Florida.  This wine  allowed me to add one more grape to the grape count – Muscadin. And this wine prompted this blog post and the table which I would like to share with you, which lists my experiences with the grapes and wines of all United States to the date:

State

Tasted Wine

Visited Winery

Comments

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona

Y

Arkansas
California

Y

Y

Colorado
Connecticut

Y

Delaware
Florida

Y

Georgia
Hawaii

Y

Pineapple wine
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine

Y

Y

Maryland
Massachusetts

Y

Y

Truro Vineyards, Nashoba Winery
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey

Y

New Mexico

Y

New York

Y

Y

Fingerlakes, LI, Hudson
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon

Y

Pennsylvania

Y

Y

Chaddsford
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas

Y

Utah
Vermont
Virginia

Y

Y

Chrysalis, Williamsburg Winery
Washington

Y

West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

What is your experience with wines of 50 states? Can you count and share? It is definitely a fun exercise and it might bring some good memories back while you will be at it. Happy counting! Cheers!

  1. Emil
    February 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    We should start a collection and then have a tasting once we got one from every state 🙂
    I think we could do it in 12 hours…

    • talkavino
      February 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      well, I don’t know about that, but Texas versus California or may be Virginia versus Washington might be very interesting events in the blind tasting format. It is hard to get the wines from many states without visiting the local wineries though…

  2. Jon T.
    March 3, 2012 at 2:54 am

    I live in the Orlando area and I’ve been to Lakeridge Winery. They are constantly promoting their wine and once a month, they will have a festival at the winery and will offer BOGO free! Their wines are good and I bought one case for my parents this past Christmas (I kept the other one and gave away to people during holiday parties). The best way to know about the BOGO offers is to subscribe to the mailing list or Facebook page. Online orders are valid for BOGO’s, too! I would suggest the Port and the Proprietor’s Reserve for anyone who would like to enjoy a premium sweet wine without breaking the bank.

    • talkavino
      March 3, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Jon,

      thanks for the comment! Will try to visit the winery next time I’m in Orlando.

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