Friday, January 30, 2009

Today on Serious Grape: Which US Wine Region Will Be the Next Big Thing?

Which wine regions are up-and-coming in the US? (photo by bradleypjohnson)

I asked this question on Twitter last week and got a surprising range of responses. Everyone had their picks, from Santa Clara to Lodi, from the Finger Lakes to Virginia. Even Canada wanted in on the question, and pointed out that the Okanagan region was very promising.

What did I conclude?

That the next big wine region may be the one just outside your own door. You can read all about it, and some of my recent experiences with wines from Long Island, on Serious Grape (my weekly Serious Eats column).

Right now US wine-making efforts outside of California, Oregon, and Washington are largely regional in their reach to consumers. But if we all were to support our local wineries, they just may become the next big thing. I would certainly drink more Long Island wine if I could find it in my wine stores.

What are your picks for up-and-coming North American wine regions? Leave your thoughts here or over on Serious Grape.


Anonymous said...

if i drank domestic wines (for some reason, i get an allergic reaction when i drink domestics), i think Texas wines are up and coming! Shocking, huh?

Sadie J said...

Texas. Yes, I'm from Texas and probably a bit biased, but there are some very nice local wines from our region.

Anonymous said...

Virginia of course!! :)

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Virginia. I am from NYC, and in the summer of 2007 toured a number of Virginia wineries. Most were better than I ever expected, though there were a few that weren't too good. In particular, some of the wines from Horton were excellent values. All in all, I came back with 3 cases and will be back.

Flash said...

there are some very good wines coming out of michigan. 2 lads winery in particular is making some serious juice

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