Wines From Across the USA

Sipping your way through the 50 states, just in time for the Fourth of July
Staff Writer

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The Fourth of July is nearly upon us, and we at the Daily Sip are raising a glass to the United States and all its magnificent wine! In honor of Independence Day, taste your way "from sea to shining sea" with these wines from all across the nation.

Virginia has a long history of wine production, dating back to 17th century colonization. Toast Uncle Sam with a glass of 2007 Cabernet Franc Reserve from New York’s Hudson Valley. Cabernet franc has really hit its stride here, producing a full-bodied wine with strong berry aromas and a hint of spicy earthiness.

For all you Midwesterners, Northern Michigan is coming into its own as a hidden gem for food lovers and wine-enthusiasts alike! On the Leelanau Peninsula, L. Mawby Vineyards is creating delectable sparkling wines using the Champagne method. Add a decadent and American twist to your Fourth of July celebration with a bottle of their Talismon Brut.

They say "everything’s bigger in Texas," but Fall Creek Vineyards’ 2011 Chenin Blanc from the Texas Hill Country may make you reconsider the Lone Star State. The chenin blanc’s light, creamy body and notes of apples and pears will balance out those Tex-Mex dishes with their big, spicy Southwestern punch.

Cab is king in California’s Napa Valley, and you can find some of the finest wines our nation has to offer in the valley. Try Frog’s Leap 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, with its bold, robust flavors of dark fruit. The wine will not disappoint.

Head north, and witness the majestic Oregon wine country in all its glory. Experience the best of the Pacific Northwest with a glass of King Estate’s 2011 "Signature Collection" Pinot Gris. The region is famous for this varietal, and King Estate gets it all right with a pinot gris that has a seductive bouquet of melon and honey, topped off with a hint of spice.

People rarely associate Hawaii with the wine industry, but the volcanic landscape has proven fruitful. Order a bottle of Lokelani from Tedeschi Vineyards, Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch. This Hawaiian sparkling rosé boasts a highly floral and citrus aroma, plus notes that embody the tropical surroundings.

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