I'm feeling homesick ! I come from CT too, although I'm now living in Ireland. No wineroutes here It's a pity, but SA wines are not marketed up here nearly as much as the Aussie and S. American wines. And of course the French (which, let's face it, mostly come from American root stock anyway....).
But then, you could argue that the American ones in France are only the children of the same old stock coming back home to replace the older generation after the French disaster... this could become the film v. digital of wines, but suffice to say that a good one is very worth drinking!
I have no great experience of US wines, save a best-forgotten moment in Florida where we ordered a red with a French connection label, only to find that it was a watered down version of a notorious English fruit drink called something like Ribeña , whose correct name escapes me on legal advice.
But then, we have enjoyed some excellent Chinese Chablis in Singapore, so perhaps wine travels better than might be expected!
For those with longer photographic memories: have you still got your copies of Vin Rude, one of the best-illustrated treatises on the noble vine that I have ever owned, photography by the late lamented David Thorpe?
Ciao - Rob C