Originally Posted by acerbicacid
Now I know why I usually say I don't like Californian wine.
Can you give some names of good wines please and I could look for them. Also I belong to the Sunday Times Wine club (Tony Laithwaite) and they do have some American wines but not liking the plonk that became popular ages ago I thought maybe all American wine was like that. Nice to know it isn't.
These are the few American wines I could get - are any of them good and that you would recommend please. Preferably red but all recommendations would be good.
Browse - American wines - Laithwaites
I haven't had the Trefethen Cabernet, but have had some of their other varietals, and they are quite good.
I noticed that Tesco also had Louis M. Martini
. They tend to be consistently decent, too. I would say they are a good value, as the UK price is comparable to what we pay here.
Unfortunately, I think France has quite a bit of say over what wines are imported into the EU, and they have clamped down heavily on American wines by placing limits on what can be on the label.
This article may shed some light:
Europe to Ban Certain American Wines
Now I can certainly see why they would forbid anything with "Champagne" on the label. But "vintage" and "classic"? Those words are in widespread use in every English speaking country on the planet. In fact, "classic" isn't even a French word.
So I think a lot of this comes down to bluster and bravado. If you ever find yourself in the US, look me up and we'll go on a wine tasting holiday. :)