With varieties of red wines from around the world, there is as much information about red wine to learn about as there are red grapes. Enter a wine store with hundreds to choose from and there are descriptions of the base, taste, and origin of the wine in a nutshell. Here are some of the facts about red wine grapes from the United States exclusively. Certainly, there are more wines to choose from around the world, especially from France or Italy, but for those who prefer their wine as local as it can be, here are some to recommend for choosing.
American Syrah, or Shiraz, comes from California and Washington State. Much like those in France, a Syrah will vary based on the climate where it is grown. American Syrah’s don’t get the attention they may deserve because of the popularity for Australian Syrah’s. They are cheaper and is, coincidently enough, affected by the Australian spelling, Shiraz. The tastes are very different; people like it, but no one buys more of it. Among the highest regarded Syrah wines from the U.S. include the Cayruse En Cerise and En Chamberlain from Walla Walla, Oregon, a Charles Smith Royal City Syrah from Washington State, and a Penner-Ash Syrah, 2009, from Oregon.
Zinfandel has been the dominant red wine from the United States, starting in the 1830s in California, and still produces the majority of a kind in the country. It wasn’t until the 1960s that winemaker Paul Draper reintroduced the Zinfandel as a classic wine by producing in its original style, not as a jug wine. Ridge Vineyards has produced those classic tastes and continue to produce in the main tradition; consider a 2012 Oak Ridge Zinfandel Lodi AV Reserve or a 2013 Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Springs. Another great option would be a Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma, 2014, which is loaded with fruity flavor.
Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon are the most common red wines to be produced and considered amongst the finest type of wine in the world. In the United States, Oregon, and Michigan have growing regions of these wines besides California. They are romantic red wines with a specific taste that stands out amongst other red wines. Cabernet, however, has great aging potential A 2013 Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir is bright and infused with plenty of red fruit to taste on one’s palate, while a 2013 Caymus Cabernet Special indulges on the dark red side.
So France, Spain, Australia, and Argentina among others are not the only countries to get great tasting red wines. American red wines have the same punch of fruit that the others can produce and also stand out in a great way. These fruity red wines balance from light to dark. Aromas and textures vary, as well as pairing it with the right food. Amongst the few red wines from the U.S., there are many, many choices to choose from and taste buds vary. With what is available and with what research is done about each wine, there may not be any wrong choice.