Quote (unstacy @ April 12 2005,09:19) Hi, I'm new to the forum. I live in Sacramento near Livermore, Amador County, and Napa (Napa is about an hour away. I was wine tasting in Napa last Friday). On a trip to France and Germany last year I found that the best wines were right here in the states. We have Beverages and More, Cost Plus, Costco, and specialty wine stores right here in our backyard. I would suggest buying different varieties of wine and learn to distinguish between them. The best bottle isn't the most expensive. It really depends on your personal taste. Depending on where you live, a great way to enjoy wine is to sign up with one of the vinyards for a club membership and have the wines shipped right to your door. If you go to the vintners Web sites or the individual wine maker's Web sites they usually provide a ton of information to learn about the process of winemaking and investing in wine. Have fun. There are certainly some great wines made in the US, I would hesitate to say that "the best wines are made here in the states" but in 20-30 years, that may well be true. For now, France does still make the world's best wines IMO.
Drizzt, I read unstacy's post literally "...best wine are right here" rather than "made
here." I have seen foreign wines at the places mentioned. I do think the US makes one wine that really can't be compared to anything else - Zinfandel - especially those from Paso Robles and Amador. The Primotivi I've had from Italy don't come close, but I have to admit to never having wines from the Croatian source. I agree, I think the US is still trying to find its long term style - but you have to wonder if there's a universally-accepted definition of "best" when it comes to something as subjective as wine?