California

California accounts for nearly 90 percent of American wine production. So much diversity in terroir allows more than 100 grape varieties across the state. The leading ones are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

The 667 wine, shown below, exhibits appealing aromas of black cherry, plum and a hint of bittersweet cocoa powder. Plush tannins and balanced acidity support core flavors of ripe cherry, juicy plum and delicate hints of soft, toasty oak. The 667 is an appropriate wine for dinner parties, to be enjoyed on its own or with nearly any cuisine, particularly salmon, roast lamb, or salads with cheeses or nuts.