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50 Wines from 50 States

50 Wines From 50 States

 

Did you know that wine is made in all 50 United States?

It is true. Grapes don’t always grow well in every state, but wine can also be made using other local fruits. That being said, there are ambitious people who have planted vineyards in most states and attempting to make grape wine despite what experts say. In some cases, people are importing in grapes from other states and producing wine from these imported grapes. Starting in 2019, my mission is to try at least one bottle of wine from all 50 United States.

I’m using a few rules for this:

  • Wines must be from a winery I’ve never tried before.
  • They can’t be mass produced and/or easily locatable wine from your nearest chain supermarket. The exception to is if the local market happens to stock local wineries. Good for them if they are supporting their local wineries.
  • The wines must be local to each state and also from a boutique or smaller winery. In some cases, this may not be possible, but we will see.
  • The fruit in the wine must be grown in that specific state. If for some reason a state does not produce wine from its own fruit, I will have to accept this though.

I will not be visiting each winery (or state) directly. Most of these will be recommended to me or discovered by using the powers of the Internet. It will be easier to purchase wine from well-known winemaking states like Oregon and Washington (and my home California), but I know I am in for a challenge with certain states like Mississippi listed here for having only two wineries! I have yet to look for those two, but it’s going to be tough. Not sure how old that winery count page is, but we will find out.

Since shipping wine isn’t cheap, I will be buying more than one bottle to make the shipping price worth it. I may put one of these secondary bottles as an alternative wine for that state. That way if I wish to try more than one bottle from that state, I already have it listed.

This is going to be quite educational for me! I’ve only ever had wine from maybe 6-8 states. It also gives me a chance to brush up on my geography as well as learn what’s currently going on in the world of domestic wine production. I highly doubt I will drink all of the wine in 2019. By the time I buy wine from all 50 and also drink it, I envision that it will continue into 2020. Let’s see what happens!

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Updates

January 5th, 2019:
This page will serve as a master list. Each state will ultimately get their own blog post with wine notes. I will link each state name here to it’s review once it has been completed. I will be recording updates down below on my insights and struggles.

February 22nd, 2019:
This is already becoming a huge undertaking. Researching each state has been taking up lots of time. I’m lucky that I live in California, because it seems that most wineries will ship here. Due to some laws though, certain wineries are forced to only sell a minimum of 12 bottles at a time in order to ship to California. This is obviously beyond the scope of my plan, so I have had to locate alternate wineries.

March 3rd, 2019:
Shipping from Pennsylvania to California has some crazy expensive fees. I’ve shipped from New York for about half the price. Ite was on par with what I paid to ship from Alaska or Hawaii. Why is this? I’m also struggling with wineries in a few other states because most of them use Vinoshipper and have that minimum 12 bottle restriction in place. Not only would I have to buy 12 bottles, but I must pay freight to their warehouse in California and then actual shipping fees for it to be mailed to me from their warehouse. I’m skipping those states for now as I have other ideas on how to get wine from them.

March 12th, 2019:
Some people have asked why I haven’t purchased California or Washington yet since they are easier for me. I plan to save both of those two much later for this exact reason.

March 23rd, 2019
Ok, I went ahead and purchased my California wine. I knew exactly what I wanted and didn’t want to take a chance on it going out of stock.

April 16th, 2019
In some states, all of the wineries I’ve found use Vinoshipper. I’ve had to move some states back to find alternative methods of acquiring their wines.

April 17th, 2019
Officially announced the launch of this crazy quest!

May 14th, 2019
Unfortunately one of the wines I purchased wasn’t made from mostly local grapes like I had been told. I’ve had to replace the wines I am using for that particular state.

December 30th, 2019
I was able to complete tasting 21 states this year. With a new family, this was as much as I could expect to taste and write reasonable wine reviews for. Looking forward to completing as many as possible in 2020 as well as more videos!

August 13th, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly slowed down my progress for 2020.


 

26 States purchased

Total States Purchased and Received: 27
Total States Reviewed: 24

Do you own a winery in a state I haven’t reviewed (or purchased) yet? Contact me to setup a purchase.

 

Alabama

Not purchased yet


Alaska Wines

Alaska (reviewed)

Black Currant Wine
Bear Creek Winery

Alternate Wine:
Strawberry Rhubarb Wine
Bear Creek Winery

See review here


Arizona

Not purchased yet


Arkansas

Not purchased yet


California Wines

California (reviewed)

Mission
Story Winery
Vintage 2016

Alternate Wine:
Zinfandel
Story Winery
Vintage 2015

See review here


Colorado Wines

Colorado (reviewed)

Cabernet Sauvignon
Colterris Wines
Vintage 2016

Alternate Wine:
Chardonnay
Colterris Wines
Vintage 2017

See review here


Connecticut

Not purchased yet


Delaware

Not purchased yet


Florida Wines

Florida (reviewed)

Carlos Muscadine
Chautauqua Winery

Alternate Wine:
Noble Muscadine
Chautauqua Winery

See review here


Georgia Wines

Georgia (reviewed)

Muscadine Gold
Georgia Winery

Alternate Wine:
Dead Head Red
Georgia Winery

See review here


Hawaii Wines

Hawaii (reviewed)

Symphony Dry
Volcano Winery

Alternate Wine:
Pinot Noir
Volcano Winery
Vintage 2016

See review here


Idaho Wines

Idaho (reviewed)

Classic Fly Riesling
Sawtooth Winery
Vintage 2016

Alternate Wine:
Trout Trilogy Syrah
Sawtooth Winery
Vintage 2015

See review here


Illinois Wines

Illinois (reviewed)

Chambourcin Reserve
August Hill Winery

Alternate Wine:
Norton
August Hill Winery

See review here


Indiana

Not purchased yet


Iowa wines

Iowa (reviewed)

Falcon Hill Red
Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery

Alternate Wine:
Marechal Foch
Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery

See review here


Kansas

Not purchased yet


Kentucky Wines

Kentucky (reviewed)

Cabernet Franc
Purple Toad Winery
Vintage 2017

Alternate Wine:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
Purple Toad Winery
Vintage 2017

See review here


Louisiana Wines

Louisiana (reviewed)

Noble
Casa De Sue Winery

Alternate Wine:
Delta Blush
Casa De Sue Winery

See review here


Maine

Not purchased yet

Wineries in this state all seem to use Vinoshipper and have special shipping requirements for California. Are you a winery in this state? Contact me to setup a purchase.


Maryland

Not purchased yet


Massachusetts Wines

Massachusetts (reviewed)

Chardonnay
Westport Rivers Winery
Vintage 2017

Alternate Wine:
Rkatsiteli
Westport Rivers Winery
Vintage 2017

See review here


Michigan

Not purchased yet


Minnesota Wines

Minnesota (reviewed)

Marquette
Saint Croix Vineyards
Vintage 2016

Alternate Wine:
La Crescent
Saint Croix Vineyards
Vintage 2017

See review here


Mississippi

Not purchased yet


Missouri Wines

Missouri (reviewed)

Chambourcin
Durso Hills Winery

Alternate Wine:
Reserve Estate
Victoria Vineyards

See review here


Montana Wines

Montana (reviewed)

Skalkaho Red Wine
Hidden Legend Winery

Alternate Wine:
The King’s Mead
Hidden Legend Winery

See review here


Nebraska

Not purchased yet


Nevada Wines

Nevada (reviewed)

Tempranillo
Pahrump Winery
Vintage 2016

Alternate Wine:
Syrah
Pahrump Winery
Vintage 2016

See review here


New Hampshire

Not purchased yet


New Jersey

Not purchased yet


New Mexico Wines

New Mexico (reviewed)

Cabernet Franc
D.H. Lescombes
Vintage 2014

Alternate Wine:
Red Chile Wine
Hatch Chile

See review here


New York Wines

New York (reviewed)

Riesling
Heron Hill
Vintage 2017

Alternate Wine:
Pinot Noir
Heron Hill
Vintage 2016

See review here


North Carolina

Cabernet Franc
Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery
Vintage 2017

Alternate Wine:
Blueberry
Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery
Vintage 2019

Not reviewed yet


North Dakota

Not purchased yet


Ohio

Not purchased yet


Oklahoma

Not purchased yet


Oregon Wines

Oregon (reviewed)

Pinot Noir
The Eyrie Vineyards
Vintage 2015

Alternate Wine:
Pinot Meunier
The Eyrie Vineyards
Vintage 2016

See review here


Pennsylvania Wine

Pennsylvania (reviewed)

Merlot
Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards

Alternate Wine:
Cayuga
Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards

See review here


Rhode Island

Not purchased yet


South Carolina

Not purchased yet


South Dakota Wine

South Dakota (reviewed)

Wild Grape
Valiant Vineyards
Vintage 2008

Alternate Wine:
Sturgis Merlot 2017
Valiant Vineyards

See review here


Tennessee

Tennessee Chambourcin
Beans Creek Winery
Vintage 2016

Alternate Wine:
Vidal Blanc
Beans Creek Winery

Not reviewed yet


Texas wines

Texas (reviewed)

Cabernet Sauvignon Marallan
William Chris Vineyards
Vintage 2017

Alternate Wine:
Tannat Hye Estate
William Chris Vineyards
Vintage 2016

See review here


Utah Wines

Utah (reviewed)

Cabernet Sauvignon
Castle Creek Winery

Alternate Wine:
Chardonnay
Castle Creek Winery

See review here


Vermont

Duet Ice Wine
Shelburne Vineyard
Vintage 2017

Alternate Wine:
Marquette Reserve
Shelburne Vineyard
Vintage 2017

Not reviewed yet


Virginia Wines

Virginia (reviewed)

Norton Barrel Select
Chrysalis Vineyards
Vintage 2016

Alternate Wine:
Norton Schitz & Giggels
Chrysalis Vineyards
Vintage 2016

See review here


Washington

Not purchased yet


West Virginia

Not purchased yet


Wisconsin

Not purchased yet


Wyoming

Not purchased yet


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