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UNITED STATES

The west coast of the US is home to most of the wine producers in the country.

United States wine regions:

 

Napa Valley, California

Red
White 

Chardonnay
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Zinfandel
Syrah

 

Sonoma, California

White
Red
Sparkling wines

Chardonnay
Pinot Noir

 

Washington

White

Chardonnay
Riesling

 

Oregon

Red
White

Pinot Noir
Chardonnay
Pinot Gris



FRANCE

Despite the strength of wines from California and other “New World” regions, France is still considered the best region in the world for excellent wines.

French wine producing areas are divided in to regions:

Alsace

Riesling
Rose

Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Noir
Pino Gris

 

Beaujolais

Red
White

Chardonnay
Gamay

 

Bordeaux

 Red
White

Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
Merlot

 

Burgundy

 Red
White 

Pinot Noir
Gamay
Chardonnay

 

Champagne

White
Red
Champagne 

Pinot Noir
Pinot Meunier
Chardonnay

 

Loire Valley

Rose
Red
White
Sparkling 

Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Noir
Pinot Gris

 

 Rhone Valley

Red
White
Sparkling

Syrah
Cabernet Sauvignon
Muscat

  
Look for these terms on the label of French wines.  It will give you a clue to the sweetness of the wine.

           Sec  = Dry
           Brut  =Dry (Champagne)
           Demi-sec = Off-dry (in Champagne, fairly sweet)
           Doux  = Sweet
           Liquoreau  = Very Sweet



GERMANY

Germany is best known for white wines, especially Rieslings. 

The labels on German wines provide some clues to the consumer:

           Trocken  dry
           Halbtroken  half-dry

In addition, the German government has created a regulated system for ranking German wines:

Qualitatswein mit Pradikat (QmP)

Highest quality table wine

Qualitatswein bestimmte Anbaugebiete (QbA)

Middle quality table wine

Tafelwein

Lowest quality table wine



SPAIN

The wine industry in Spain has a history as long as France’s. Spain is best known for red wines, sparkling wines and Sherry.


Spanish wine regions:

 

Rioja

Red 

Tempranillo

 

Catalonia

Red
Sparkling wines

Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Jerez

Sherry 

 

  Label terms for Spanish wines:

          Seco = dry
          Semi-seco = medium dry
          Dulce  = sweet



PORTUGAL

Portuguese wines have achieved popularity around the world, but have not really caught on in the United States.
The wines are strong and not typically as fruity as American wines.

Portuguese wine regions:

 

Vinhos Verde

Red
White 

 

Douro

Port 

 

Dao

Red 

 

Bairrada  

Red



ITALY

Italian wines are divided into 20 regions

Abruzzo  
Aosta Valley  
Apulia  
Basilicata  
Calabria  
Campania  
Emilia-Romagna  
Friuli-Venezia Giulia  
Latium  
Liquria   
Lombardy  
Marches  
Molise  
Piedmont  
Sardinia  
Siciliy  
Trentino-Alto Adiqe  
Tuscany  
Umbria  
Veneto  


Italian wine labels may be marked with these:

Secco

dry

 

Semisecco

medium dry

 

Abboccatoor Amabile

medium sweet

 

Dolce

sweet



CHILE

Chilean wine is gaining popularity in the US, so it is becoming easier to find.

Maipo Valley

Red

Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Carmenere
Syrah



AUSTRALIA

Australian winemakers often employ unconventional methods when producing wines, creating some unique and flavorful wines.

Australian wine regions:

 

Barossa Valley

Red

Shiraz/Syrah

 

South Australia

White 

Cabernet Sauvignon
Riesling
Semillion

 

Clare Valley, South Australia

White
Red

Riesling
Cabernet Sauvignon
Shiraz

 

Coonawarra, South Australia

Red

Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Heathcote, Victoria

Red
White

Shiraz
Viognier

 

Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Red

Shiraz
Semillion

 

McLaren Vale, South Australia 

Red 

Shiraz

 

Margaret River, Western Australia 

White
Red 

Sauvignon Blanc
Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Mudgee, New South Wales 

Red
White 

Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay

 

Tasmania 

Red 

Pinot Noir

 

Yarra Valley, Victoria

White
Red 

Chardonnay
Pinot Noir



NEW ZEALAND

The wide contrast in climates and soil types in New Zealand have created 11 wine regions in the country.

New Zealand wine regions:

 

Auckland

White
Red 

Chardonnay
Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Canterbury

White
Red 

Chardonnay
Riesling
Pinot Noir

 

Gisborne

White

Chardonnay
Riesling
Chenin Blanc Gewurztraminers

 

Hawke’s Bay 

White
Red

Chardonnay
Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Marlborough 

White

Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay

 

Nelson

White
Red

Chardonnay
Riesling
Pinot Noir

 

Northland

Red
White 

Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Chardonnay

 

Otago

Red
White

Pinot Noir
Chardonnay

 

Waikato

White 

Chardonnay
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Blanc

 

Waipara

White
Red 

Chardonnay
Pinot Noir

 

Wairarapa

Red
White

Pinot Noir
Chardonnay
Riesling









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