The United States has come a long way since its entry into the wine world more than 300 years ago. It is now the 4th largest wine producing region in the world, with nearly 3,000 vineyards spanning all 50 states.
California’s climate is ideal for producing rich, tannic and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah wines, such as in the warm Napa Wine region, while the cooler coastal areas of Sonoma allow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to excel.
Just North of California lies the Pacific Northwest, which is comprised of Oregon and Washington. While Oregon has been producing some of the highest rated Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines, according to our United States wine ratings, Washington has become better known for their Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling wines, particularly those from the Columbia Valley.