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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 2017

    £15.00

    £15.00

    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 2017

    Now £12.50

    Was £15.00

    £12.50

    The grapes for Black's Station Malbec are grown in a little town called Zamora (no relation to the ex-QPR striker). H...
  • 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...
  • Granite Hill Chardonnay 2017

    Granite Hill Chardonnay 2017

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Granite Hill Chardonnay is part of a new release from the Kautz Family, based in Lodi, California. Previously famed for ...
  • Granite Hill Old Vine Zinfandel 2017

    Granite Hill Old Vine Zinfandel 2017

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Granite Hill Old Vine Zinfandel is made by the Kautz family in Lodi, California. Lodi is a famed region for growing Zinf...
  • Granite Hill Pinot Noir 2017 Lodi, California

    Granite Hill Pinot Noir 2017

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Known as the 'heartbreak' grape, Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to grow because its thin skin makes it susceptible ...
  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet 2014

    Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    £65.00

    £65.00

    There are very few winemakers that are household names, perhaps because there are no vintner talent shows on ITV, where ...
  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2014

    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2014

    £45.00

    £45.00

    Since that Tea Party our American cousins threw for us Brits (very considerate; they know how much we love tea) they hav...
  • Grgich Hills Estate Fume Blanc 2015

    Grgich Hills Estate Fume Blanc 2015

    £34.00

    £34.00

    Sauvignon Blanc is rather cool, a late-60s David Bowie of a grape; striking, powerful, fragrant, a little fruity and imm...
  • Omen Cabernet Sauvignon

    Omen Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Now £17.00

    Was £19.00

    £17.00

    Early in the careers of these vintners, they managed the vineyards and winemaking for other companies' wine brands. G...
  • 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...
  • Orin Swift Slander 2016

    Orin Swift Slander 2015

    £45.00

    £45.00

    Take a sip of this Californian Pinot Noir. Admire the luxurious flavour profile of black cherries, raspberries, dried ro...
  • Oro Bello Chardonnay 2016

    Oro Bello Chardonnay 2016

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Good land is hard to come by, to the east of the San Francisco Bay. It's like a modern-day gold rush except gold is n...
  • Tinto Rey Super Tinto 2014

    Tinto Rey Super Tinto 2015

    £20.00

    £20.00

    O California, land of the movie star, tech empires and the Terminator's political career. California is of course als...
  • Tinto Rey Verdejo 2016

    Tinto Rey Verdejo 2016

    £14.50

    £14.50

    The link between Spain and the Americas has been a long standing one, after all, despite Columbus being Genoan, his e...
  • Viano Vineyards Zinfandel 2015

    Viano Vineyards Zinfandel 2015

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Just like Danny O'Donoghue, lead singer of Irish rock band the Script, Viano Vineyards are the winemakers ‘that can’...

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