California may be the first place you think of when it comes to American wine, but it shouldn't be the last. There are licensed wineries operating in all 50 states, with many making wine of a quality that producers could only dream of 10 or 20 years ago. The learning curve is steep, but good, local wine is clearly becoming an all-American tradition.
Up-And-Coming Regions The news is out about Washington (mostly for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) and Oregon (mainly for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris), but regions such as Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula and north central Virginia also show promise.
Buying Tips Wines from small producers in emerging American regions don't generally have wide national distribution; if you can't find a particular bottle at your local merchant, log on to the winery's Web site to see if the producer can (legally) ship directly to you.