America: Land of the Red, White and Rose

A surprising number of states are producing surprisingly good wines

All 50 states are now members of the U.S. winemaking union: each has at least one federally licensed winery. More important, many regional wineries are producing surprisingly good wines that have been gaining national and international recognition.

Two of Gruet Winery's New Mexican sparkling wines, for example, won medals last July at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. Bubblies from L. Mawby Vineyards in Michigan and Westport Rivers Vineyard in Massachusetts sparkle too.

Other unlikely winners are emerging from equally unlikely venues. Riesling excels in New York's Finger Lakes region, where Konstantin Frank first planted European grape varieties...

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