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American Wines

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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  • Black's Station Chardonnay 2016 White Wine

    Black's Station Chardonnay

    £14.00

    £14.00

    If you're a man such as Jacob Reece-Mogg, who's education gave you a thorough grounding in Latin along with numerous ...
  • Black's Station Malbec 2016

    Black's Station Malbec 2016

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The grapes for Black's Station Malbec are grown in a little town called Zamora (no relation to the ex-QPR striker). H...
  • Columbia Chardonnay 2016 White Wine

    Columbia Chardonnay 2016

    Now £12.50

    Was £14.75

    £12.50

    For a European, it's easy to get distracted by New York and California and just forget the rest of America is there o...
  • Columbia Merlot 2016

    Columbia Merlot 2016

    Now £12.50

    Was £14.75

    £12.50

    In Shakira's hit pop record of 2005, 'Hips Don't Lie,' Wyclef Jean beseeches that "he see you move like you come from...
  • 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, a...
  • Domaine de la Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014

    Domaine de la Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014

    £45.00

    £45.00

    As far as stereotypes go America is renowned for many things, but subtlety isn't one of them. A delicate duck confit ...
  • Field Recordings Barter & Trade Cabernet 2015

    Field Recordings Barter & Trade Cabernet 2015

    Now £17.00

    Was £21.00

    £17.00

    Would life be simpler if we could be done with currency and merely barter and trade for goods and services? For example,...
  • Field Recordings Chenin 2017

    Field Recordings Chenin 2017

    £18.00

    £18.00

    The trouble with winemaking is as soon as a region garners significant acclaim, the billionaires swoop in and start buyi...
  • Field Recordings Fiction 2015

    Field Recordings Fiction 2015

    £17.50

    £17.50

    We love a field blend. It makes us think of an era before industrialised farming where times were simpler, where after a...
  • Field Recordings Wonderwall Pinot Noir 2016

    Field Recordings Wonderwall Pinot Noir 2016

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Today is going to be the day that we’re going to utilise an overly obvious reference to tell you about the virt...
  • McManis Pinot Noir 2015 Vegetarian White Wine

    McManis Pinot Noir 2015

    £12.75

    £12.75

    For the brilliant price tag - especially given its grape and country of origin - this wine is soft, gentle, smooth, c...
  • Omen Cabernet Sauvignon

    Omen Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Early in the careers of these vintners, they managed the vineyards and winemaking for other companies' wine brands. G...
  • Omen Red Blend 2016

    Omen Red Blend 2016

    £17.50

    £17.50

    The Omen taught us many things; firstly, beware the number of the beast; for it is a human number. Watch out for peop...
  • Orin Swift Abstract 2016

    Orin Swift Abstract 2016

    £32.00

    £32.00

    Some consider collages an art form reserved for teenagers letting the rest of their bedroom know how many friends the...
  • Orin Swift Blank Stare 2016

    Orin Swift Blank Stare 2016

    £29.00

    £29.00

    If we were to tell you that the grapes for Orin Swift Blank Stare are harvested from the cool climate Russian River V...
  • Ridge Vineyards Lytton Spring 2014

    Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2014

    £47.00

    £47.00

    Hailing from old Zinfandel vines in the historic Lytton Springs vineyard, which are planted with complementary Petite...
  • Row by Row Cabernet Sauvignon

    Row by Row Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    £14.50

    £14.50

    The Gallagher Brothers once told us that little by little, they gave us everything we'd ever dreamt of. We hate to di...
  • Sandhi Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2015

    Sandhi Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2015

    £33.00

    £33.00

    "O wella wella wella ohhh, tell me more, tell me more was it love at first sight? Tell me more, tell me more did she ...
  • Sunday Drive Chardonnay

    Sunday Drive Chardonnay 2017

    £11.50

    £11.50

    You would be forgiven for thinking California is all pomp and no substance or as American's might put it "all sizzle,...
  • Sunday Drive Merlot

    Sunday Drive Merlot 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    We like to think of Merlot as being the Shia LaBeouf of wines. We're talking Shia LaBeouf in Fury, not Shia LaBeouf w...
  • Sunday Drive Zinfandel 2017

    Sunday Drive Zinfandel 2017

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Zinfandel is essentially a grape-based metaphor for the career of Ryan Gosling. In the early days, people only knew h...
  • Tablas Creek Rouge 2015

    Tablas Creek Rouge 2015

    £36.00

    £36.00

    There is a community of Californian growers that go by the collective moniker the 'Rhone Rangers.' Depending on your ...
  • The Arsonist Chardonnay 2015

    The Arsonist Chardonnay 2015

    £20.00

    £20.00

    As farm kids growing up in the late 1950's and early 1960's, the Giguiere brothers were veritable pyromaniacs, settin...
  • Tinto Rey Rose 2017

    Tinto Rey Rosé 2017

    £12.50

    £12.50

    Tinto Rey is Spanish for "Red King," we know what you're thinking "an esoteric, bilingual Lewis Carrol reference is a...
  • Tinto Rey Super Tinto 2014

    Tinto Rey Super Tinto 2014

    £18.50

    £18.50

    O California, land of the movie star, tech empires and the Terminator's political career. California is of course als...

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