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Welcome to North America
California leads the production of quality wines in North America. After Prohibition, production of wines reached a nadir. However in the 1960’s behind the push given by Robert Mondavi, Californian wines started a renaissance that continues even today.
Napa Valley was the first area to produce premium wines, followed by Sonoma. However up and down the coast there are numerous wine regions producing outstanding wines.
All of the major European grapes are cultivated but California’s claim to fame is the Zinfandel, grown no where else.
Close behind California in quality and quantity is the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington have produced outstanding white and red wines and with a particular emphasis on the difficult pinot noir.
New York State has a long history of wine production, especially along the Finger Lake district. But wonderful wines are being produced in Long Island and the Hudson Valley.