Whilst the USA is the world’s 4th largest producer of wine, they actually stand at first place in consumption. California itself makes up 80% of the winemaking area here - with it’s rolling hills, deep valley floors and unique climatic conditions the conditions are ideal for creating beautifully balanced and full-flavoured wines. In particular, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are popular from this area, both heavy bodied, usually oaky and full of ripe fruit flavours. Pinot Noir has also gained in reputation, often described as the best expression of the single varietal and can have a hefty price tag attached to it. We also cannot mention the USA without talking about ZInfandel (Primitivo in Italy) - a variety that is mostly found only in this country, made to drink young and full of ripe, jammy fruits and soft spices.