You may soon be sip­ping a dry white from Ne­braska

Cal­i­for­nia is king, but it could have com­pe­ti­tion one of these days. By Mark Ellwood

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Dan Dunn, a for­mer nightlife colum­nist, spent much of his adult life do­ing what nightlife colum­nists do: drink­ing. He’s a whiskey afi­cionado, cock­tail ex­pert, and beer en­thu­si­ast; wine was the only tip­ple that never tempted him. For a booze writer, that’s less a prob­lem than an op­por­tu­nity. In 2014, Dunn hit the road to learn ev­ery­thing he could about Amer­i­can wine. He wanted to know where it stood 40 years af­ter the Judg­ment of Paris, when up­start U.S. wines fa­mously bested French vin­tages in a blind tast­ing. He turned his 15,000-mile trip into Amer­i­can Wino: A Tale of Reds, Whites, and One Man’s Blues (Dey Street, $16.99), a mem­oir-slash-trav­el­ogue. Dunn’s con­clu­sion: “At least right now, they’re not mak­ing wine any­where in the United States bet­ter than Cal­i­for­nia.” (He should know. He vis­ited at least one win­ery in ev­ery state, in­clud­ing all four in Wy­oming.) But, he adds, “Forty years from now? Things are go­ing to look a whole lot dif­fer­ent.” Dunn’s glass is about half-full when it comes to these six vine­yards.

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