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With its strong, celebrated passion for food and the rich gastronomic histories of its early French and Spanish settlers, why has the Bayou State never developed a vital wine industry? Well, actually, it has a long relationship with wine, dating back to at least the early 19th century. At that time, great volumes of European wine were imported to Louisiana and profitably redistributed along the Mississippi River Delta. A homegrown wine industry did take root, with most of the wine produced in the Florida parishes. However, Louisiana’s hot, humid climate punished French hybrid and vinifera vines, exposing them to Pierce’s disease and downy mildew. Prohibition also proved devastating for the state’s troubled wine industry. By the mid-1970s, enthusiasts were again cultivating their own vines on the loamy soils of the state. Now gaining recognition with such varieties as Norton and Blanc du Bois, Louisiana winemakers are keen to renew the industry and are seeking support for research to determine a perfect Read more »

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  • Blanc du Bois

    Blanc du Bois was developed at the University of Florida for use in that state. It is a white wine-producing grape wi...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Niagara

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Pontchartrain Vineyards

    Pontchartrain Vineyards wines are produced with one specific purpose in mind: to provide distinct...

  • Emeril's

    Chef Emeril Lagasse received his first culinary experience from his mother, Hilda, when he was a ...

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