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Fifty States of Wine

Just read a great article written by Joel Stein in the September 8th issue of Time Magazine. In the article Mr Stein relates how after finding out that all fifty U.S. states make wine, he set out to try a wine from each state “to see if, as I increasingly suspected, good wine can be made anywhere.” I don’t think I personally agree with that statement but Mr Stein does make some good points. One of which is how many wine regions have trouble gaining respect for their wines as the Europeans, and Californians of late push the fact that their vineyards sit on specific soils which give their wines distinctive flavors that can only come from that region. While I do agree with that belief, I also believe that good winemakers can make great wine in many other areas as well. One question not clearly answered in the article is how many of the fifty states are actually growing their own grapes, he does mention Alaska uses grapes from other states and that finding the right grapes for your region is key. However, there is no actual mention if the grapes selected for each state were grown within the state boundaries. That is a big factor in my mind. If using grapes from California can a winemaker in New Jersey make a great Cabernet? I would contend they can having tasted a few good ones, yet, can that same winemaker grow Cabernet grapes in New Jersey and make a good wine? I think not, but would love to be proved wrong. I hope someone does a take off on this article and researches just how many of the fifty states grow their own grapes, the type of grape, and an evaluation of the wines they made with those grapes.
Regardless the article makes for some good reading so I suggest you pick up a copy, he even personally rates wine from each state. You can also visit for reviews of all fifty wines and a video of a blind tasting.

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