Top 100 wines of Delaware

Discover the top 100 best wines of Delaware as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the wines that are popular in Delaware and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of Delaware

Delaware is a state on the east coast of the United States, bordered by New Jersey, Maryland and the Atlantic Ocean. Vinifera and Hybrid grapes thrive in the state's cool maritime Climate and Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Chambourcin are all planted in small quantities. However, while the neighboring states of New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia have well-established wine industries, Delaware has very little wine-making activity and only a handful of wineries produce Delaware wines. Currently, there are no American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in Delaware, other than the Generic state appellation, and Delaware wines are not well known outside the state.

The Central Delaware Valley AVA is located along the Delaware River in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, which can be confusing, at least to the uninitiated. Delaware has a thriving craft beer industry. The famous Dogfish Head Brewery is located in Rehoboth Beach, in southern Delaware. Their beers are much more likely to be found in other states than wines are.

News from the vineyard of Delaware

Southern Rhône 2020: full report and top scoring wines

Southern Rhône 2020 overall rating: 4/5 Fresh, juicy and immediate reds with lower alcohol than recent years, though some lack concentration. Beautiful white wines. Southern Rhône 2020 red wine of the vintage: Domaine de la Janasse, Chaupin, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2020 Southern Rhône 2020 white wine of the vintage: Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2020 Some vintages, such as 2016 and 2018, produce one style of wine in the Southern Rhône and a very different one in the Northern Rhône. In 2 ...

Decanter at Home masterclass: Tasting the La Las with Philippe Guigal

Last chance: You can still buy tickets to watch this E Guigal LaLas virtual masterclass and taste the wines, via the Decanter at Home series – book here A so-called ‘vertical’ tasting is of the same wine, but over multiple vintages. A ‘horizontal’ tasting is of different wines, but in the same vintage. That’s what makes the Decanter at Home tasting particularly special – it’s both horizontal and vertical. Not only do we taste the three jewels in Guigal’s Côte-Rôtie crown; La Mouline, La Tu ...

Food and Chablis wines pairing, by Debra MEIBURG and Ivy NG

On December 10, 2020, four Hong Kong personalities discussed Chablis wines on a live webinar: Yang LU, Master Sommelier and Official Bourgogne Wines Ambassador, Debra MEIBURG, Master of Wine, Ivy NG, Official Bourgogne Wines Ambassador and Rebecca LEUNG, wine expert. In this 4-minute clip, Debra MEIBURG and Ivy NG illustrate how easily Chablis wines complement all kinds of food, all the way from cheese to caviar! #Chablis #PureChablis ...

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