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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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • 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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    3 bottles $77.00 Read More

    Wine review by hlgolding


  • Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008

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    drink 2011-2031 $67.00 Read More

    Wine review by hlgolding


  • Yesterday, The Washington Post reporter Dave McIntyre took a walk on the ... ... an award-winning 1865 sweet Catawba.  Nix-Gomez also turned up CIA documents which showed former CIA director Allen Dulles corresponding with one Maryland winemaker who said his red wine was “'the closest things to a Beaujolais' produced in the United States.” Oth... Read More

    From the article District's Post Talks D.C. Wine With Amateur Historian


  • Okay, I relate to passing on the Virginia swill, having been pretty unimpressed ... ... drinking Mission or Catawba here. North America has no native vitis vinifera. I'm okay with some snark, but I'd hate to see this turn into WB or DrVino, where a certain Piedmontese expert (not our GdP) seems to think that he's a great debater while engaging... Read More

    Forum post in the topic vintage wine


  • I am new to this site i just happened to come across   it on goggle  so i posted a reply on  wine that  my father gave some years ago.I decided to go through what i have i know that some are very valuable if they were good to drink but i wouldn't  take a chance paying top dollar if it turns out to be vinegar  so i will list  some pics and would ... Read More

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  • Genkota Winery Catawba NV

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    One of my families favorite Illinois Wines. Sweet and fruity. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Alpha Omega Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2007

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