The Most Popular Wines in Every State

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There’s something special about wine. Whether you’re ending the workday with a glass of Chianti while you cook or sipping crisp Chardonnay in your favorite restaurant, the mere act of opening the bottle lends a sense of celebration. To determine which types of wine are most popular by state – from Merlot to Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc to Zinfandel – we decided to find out which wines people across the country search for frequently. See how your favorite wine stacks up.

What Wine is your State Looking For?

The Most Searched for Wines by State

Mapping Out The Most Searched for Wines by State

When it comes to the most searched type of wine in each state, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the map. The full-bodied red pairs well with umami flavors such as mushrooms and beef. Merlot was a top pick in nine states, and a few unexpected wines made appearances: North Dakotans and Mississippians searched most for Muscat (a dessert wine), Oregonians for Pinot Noir, West Virginians for Cava (a Spanish sparkling wine), and Mainers for Port (a sweet red fortified wine from Portugal).

Merlot, smooth and slightly fruitier than Cab, is in second place across much of the country. Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir dominate a smattering of states. Missourians searched for Moscato – the Italian name for Muscat.

Pinot Noir makes a strong showing for third most searched wine across the country, but a  few surprises arise: Wyoming residents seek out Cabernet Franc, Washingtonians look for Shiraz, and Oregonians search for Port. Chardonnay dominates fourth place.

Most Popular Wines in the United States

So Which Wines were the Most Popular?

The three most searched for wines in the U.S. are red. Cabernet Sauvignon is No. 1 by a fairly wide margin, while Merlot comes in second, and Pinot Noir ranks third. Next comes Chardonnay, and sweet dessert wine Moscato/Muscat claims the fifth and sixth spots.

While the top few choices may not surprise oenophiles, some of the results are interesting. Port (generally considered an acquired taste) is the seventh most searched for wine, and sweet dessert wines are high in popularity. It’s not all red and white either: Rosé wine takes 16th spot. And some search terms, such as “Zinfandel,” could refer to red or white wine.

Check out Some of Our Most Popular Wines

Fortune 1621 Cabernet Sauvignon ($29)

Fresh nose of blackberry, cassis and touches of dried violet. The palate is fullbodied with pure notes of blueberries intermingled with chocolate, caramel and hints of bacon.

Noemi Cabernet Sauvignon ($59)

Another beautiful example of Napa Valley Cabernet from Noemi. There isa reason that this has been our best selling Cabernet 3 years running.

2014 O’Connor Russian River Pinot Noir ($35)

Airtight acidity that buzzes on the palate with electricity and freshness. Tannins play a supportive, silky and unobtrusive role, allowing room for plum and dark cherry to speak.




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