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The first Europeans to land in America called it Vinland because of the abundance of grapes they found there. Now we are biased, but we kind of wish this had stuck. Although it would have been potentially confusing (what with Finland and all) it trips of the tongue somewhat more easily than United States of America. Like most things in North America, the wine industry is big. They are the fourth largest producer in the world and California alone produces twice as much wine as Australia. Not only are the volumes big, but the wines are big too; you’ll find very few shrinking violets here. However, in truth, you can find almost anything you want in America...

The American wine industry is one of polar opposites, those who do it for love and those who do it purely for business, huge operations and tiny family run wineries, what we would describe as cheap and nasty all the way to some of the world’s finest wines commanding over £100 a bottle, classic Bordeaux blends to the downright crazy, it's all here. Sorry if you came here looking for a concise “American wines in a nutshell” explanation, it simply can’t be done, we recommend biting the bullet and diving in. 

One thing we will say before we go though, is that although California is king, watch this space because we have some incredible wines  from New York’s Finger Lakes and Long Island coming soon...

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  • Le Cigare Volant Bonny Doon Vineyards

    Bonny Doon Vineyards Le Cigare Volant Blanc 2013

    £30.00

    £30.00

    It's one thing to have a knack for something, but Californian vintner Randall Grahm has a very peculiar knack for bringi...
  • Cannonball Chardonnay

    Cannonball Chardonnay 2014

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Cannonball - a winery of high repute, making delicious, finely crafted wines - write of this 2014 Chardonnay that it "of...
  • De Loach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2013

    De Loach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2013

    £14.00

    £14.00

    And it's nil-nil at half time here at the Britannia Stadium, where Stoke City are playing Biodynamo Moscow. And what's g...
  • De Loach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

    De Loach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Dear Marje Proops, my husband went out two days ago to buy a bottle of brown sauce to pour on to his egg and chips, and ...
  • Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon American Wine

    Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    £38.00

    £38.00

    If you want a proper pork pie, you get it from Melton Mowbray. If you want a handmade alpaca-wool scarf, you get it from...
  • Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - Magnum

    Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - Magnum

    £74.00

    £74.00

    One small leap for a frog. One quantum leap for winekind!' uttered Veal Winestrong as he sipped red wine made from viney...
  • Frog's Leap Merlot 2013

    Frog's Leap Merlot 2013

    £34.00

    £34.00

    Merlot is sometimes prone to sulking. John Williams of Frog's Leap vineyards knows the secret to bringing her back to th...
  • McManis Zinfandel Red Wine America

    McManis Zinfandel 2015

    £12.75

    £12.75

    According to 2Pac and Dr Dre, California knows how to party. It's not surprising, if you're gonna have a party you're go...
  • Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    £140.00

    £140.00

    Now we don't want to start a bar room brawl and we are massive fans of French wine, but the British do love an underdog ...
  • Sierra Creek White Wine NV USA

    Sierra Creek White NV

    Now £6.08

    Was £6.75

    £6.08

    It's a happy little chappy is this wine. Like a gregarious mate, you can take it anywhere and it's guaranteed to quickly...
  • Sierra Creek White Zinfandel Rose NV

    Sierra Creek White Zinfandel Rosé NV

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Everyone is guilty of a little white lie now and then. Zimilarly, how many of uz don't commit the odd zin? But maybe it ...
  • World's End Against the Wind 2010

    World's End Against the Wind 2010

    £49.00

    £49.00

    Jonathan Maltus has his feet in two camps: one at Château Teyssier, where he found fame as an avant-garde, 'garrag...
  • World's End Little Sister 2010

    World's End Little Sister 2010

    £49.00

    £49.00

    If Jonathan Maltus made Merlot, it would probably be the best Merlot in the world. Oh, wait, he does... and some people ...

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