Back in late 2018 I came up with a great idea for the next year or so. Why don’t I try wines made from all 50 United States? Everyone focuses so much on the major wine regions of not only the US, but the entire world. I’ve been told that wine is made in all 50 US States, yet so little attention is given to wines from the other non-major regions.
When I read wine books’ sections for the United States, it typically focuses heavily on California, a decent amount on Oregon, a little less on Washington state, and then usually New York gets a paragraph at the end. If the book is slightly thorough, it may at least mention that Missouri actually received the first US AVA designation.
I have to admit that I haven’t tried wines from too many US States. Just off the top of my head, I believe I’ve only tried wines from California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New York, Missouri, and Illinois.
So in January, I started doing my online research and purchasing wines. Here we are in mid-April and I have 20 states covered. It’s been a bigger undertaking to research and successfully purchase wines from these states than I expected. It just shows how fragmented our nation is when it comes to alcohol laws. They vary from state to state. I’ve already had to put certain states on the back-burner due to their crazy shipping laws. I may either have to visit those states or get someone to mail me a bottle of olive oil. Just kidding, I’d never ask anyone to mislabel a mail package!
Now that I’ve reached my 20th state, I will begin to start opening and reviewing these wines. I will also continue to purchase the other states and determine how to solve shipping issues for some states.
If you wish to see a list of the states and the wines I’ve already purchased (and eventually their reviews) as well as updates on my experiences, go to the link below. It is the official page.