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DC -- Anywhere But California: Wines of the USA
Thu, May 18, 2017, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Selection for this event made by Andrew Stover, presented by Nick Materese. Andrew is on a mission to turn Washingtonians on to American wines from unsuspected places. Think less California and more Texas. “Usually that’s referred to as ‘The Other 47,’” says Stover, who is a certified sommelier and founder of Vino 50 Selections. “Meaning anything but California, Washington and Oregon.” Not that he has anything against the wines from the country’s three biggest wine-producing states. Many of their vineyards and wineries are growing and producing some of the best in the world. But so are wineries in Michigan, Missouri and Virginia.
“Some people will tell you, and I would agree, that there are some wines already today that exceed quality and value in Virginia, than a comparable wine from California,” Stover says. Hearing about a wine from Missouri might be new to some consumers, but Stover says it shouldn’t be. Many of these “unusual states” have been making wine for centuries. “For example, Missouri was making wine as early as the 1830s,” Stover says, adding that the state’s Stone Hill Winery was once the second largest winery in the U.S., and at the turn of the century was shipping 1,250,000 gallons of wine per year.
Today, progress continues to grow on the East Coast, as well as in several other regions throughout the country. “There’s a boom in New York, there’s a boom in Virginia. We’re seeing a small boom in Maryland. Really, we’re seeing a boom everywhere, except in California,” Stover says. And these states are all experimenting with a number of different grapes and varietals, based on their specific regions and climates.