Catawba

Even older than the Concord grape, this historically-important variety is thought to be a chance seedling from North Carolina, originating in that state’s Piedmont region and named after the nearby Catawba River. A hybrid of labrusca and another native species, it is commonly grown in the eastern United States and in Canada.

Catawba is often used to produce sweet wine and ultra-sweet ice wine, in addition to red and rosé table wines. The grape's high acid profile also makes it suitable as a base for sparkling wine production. Catawba based wines are distinguished by a so-called 'foxy' aroma, although modern winemaking sometimes manages to moderate this tendency. Catawba grapes may fail to ripen properly, unless grown in areas with a long growing season. The varietal also has some susceptibility to fungal diseases.


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  • I am not sure if they actually source their grapes for dry wine from the north ... grape musk. Like Concord and Catawba. I have asked the same question about where they source the grapes for dry wines around here considering the region is not known for dry win Read More

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  • I went to a local (Ohio) tasting this summer and I discovered a winery locally ... enough of, it is like white Catawba with peach juice and blended with a dry white. It is not overly sweet and you get tannins as well, the acidity is low which I like because very acidic wines can give my heartburn for the first couple glasses. I tried another w... Read More

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  • Zinfandel for some reason reminds me of porta-potty deodorizer. I think if I never smelled a porta-potty I would like it though! I can always taste Zinfandel in blended Italian table wines and it turns me off, although there are a few brands I like that do have a little Zinf but mainly Merlot.It has a rose or flower scent and taste to it that ju... Read More

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  • Oliver Winery Soft Rose 2008

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  • Montezuma Winery Red Blend Cayuga Lake Fat Frog Red NV

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  • Those grapes - Catawba, etc., are available all over the northern midwest as well as Ontario, Canada. They are often sold at farmer's markets, both as juice and as grape bunches. They were always available at the farmer's market in Brooklyn. Read More

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  • To go off a bit on a tangent since I have your attention lol just wondering if ... Lakes sweet garbage such as Catawba, Niagara, Diamond, Cayuga White, Sweet Concord? There are some folks who can't get enough of this, to me they all taste the same but they drive me nuts trying to hunt down particular ones that have more variation in labels tha... Read More

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  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

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  • Alpha Omega Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009

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  • Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008

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