Which Region Do You Drink up the Most?
Millions of people all over the world enjoy a glass of wine with their meal, and there are several reasons why you should go ahead and indulge in moderate amounts of wine. It enhances your appreciation for fine foods, has heart benefits and can also contribute to uncontrollable happiness.
If you want to enjoy a good glass of wine in the U.S., you can pretty much find it in all corners of the country. Here are five regions you can’t afford to miss:
Michigan: Michigan is studded with superb vineyards, including some near Traverse City, the cherry capital of the U.S., as well as the rolling Leelanau Peninsula. The state produces some exquisite white wines and dessert wines, including flavorful ice wines. Madonna’s father owns a vineyard here (Ciccone Vineyard) and has several bottles of wine bearing the names of her music tours.
Texas: Believe it or not, the state of Texas is the third largest producer of wines and the fifth largest consumer. The Hill Country region of Texas contributes some of the best wines in the U.S. and you can really enjoy a fine glass of Viognier or Merlot if you visit areas like Burnett County and San Antonio.
Napa Valley: Napa needs no introduction since its soil is world famous for producing some of the best wines in the world outside of France. There are several regions within Napa alone, depending on whether you want to savor Pinot Noirs or Cabernet Sauvignons. Home to over 400 wineries, Napa is an area you will want to appreciate over a period of at least a week.
Finger Lakes: The Finger Lakes have excellent soil and climate for grape growing, and the terroir there is conducive to producing excellent cabernets, sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs. Since there are so many vineyards in the Finger Lake region, your itinerary needs to be highly strategic: explore a few regions well and plan a repeat trip to cover more ground.
The Hamptons: The North and South Fork regions in the Hamptons produce several good bottles, including artisanal bottles. The area yields a diverse crop of wines, including Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and sparkling wines.
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