The Daily Meal Lists 101 “Best Wineries” of U.S.

Jul 03

The Daily Meal, a daily food, drink and travel newsletter at, has announced their list of the 101 “Best Wineries of America.”

As they explain in the online post (, “The wineries on our list were nominated by experts in the field: the wonderful sommeliers, wine writers, chefs, and restaurateurs who were kind enough to gift us with their opinions about wineries around the country.” What was the methodology? “After their initial nominations, these experts returned to vote on the wines based on the three values we deemed most important: wine quality, consistency, and value.”

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While the overwhelming majority of the nominations were from the West Coast (especially California), the article admits “that in volume as well as overall quality, the number and variety of truly beautiful wines being made all over America has grown exponentially in recent years: wine is now produced in all 50 states.”

With the focus of this blog being in sync with the mission of Drink Local Wine, to raise the level of awareness of wines from the other 47 wine-making states, I’ll list the non-West Coast wineries that made the list, or 15.5% of the total:


Black Ankle Vineyards — Mt. Airy, Maryland


Chateau Grand Traverse — Traverse City, Michigan

New York

Channing Daughters Winery — Bridgehampton, New York

Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars — Hammondsport, New York

Keuka Lake Vineyards — Hammondsport, New York

Red Newt Cellars — Hector, New York

Ravines Wine Cellars — Hammondsport, New York

The Red Hook Winery — Brooklyn, New York

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery — Warwick, New York

New Mexico

Gruet Winery — Albuquerque, New Mexico


Va La Vineyards — Avondale, Pennsylvania


McPherson Cellars Winery — Lubbock, Texas

Becker Vineyards — Stonewall, Texas


Barboursville Vineyards — Barboursville, Virginia

Linden Vineyards — Linden, Virginia

King Family Vineyards — Crozet, Virginia


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