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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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  • 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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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Alpha Omega II Red Blend United States 2008

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    Very nice wine. Lots of dark fruit, blackberries and plums, but not a fruit forward wine. A wonderful and evolving spice. Medium plus finish with exquisite mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • Stone Hill Pink Catawba Stone Hill Pink Catawba

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    If you like sweet wines this is a very nice wine for a summer BBQ.. Read More

    Wine review by lakenvelder


  • Alpha Omega II Red Blend 2009

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    Wonderful wine. Full structure and front and mid palate loaded! The entry and mid palate are big, ripe, and full structured. The tannins are fine and the nose is fantastic! Mocha notes entice the senses in this great accessible blend from a fantastic winery in Alpha Omega. My only criticism is in the lack of the end palate. The finish dissip... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Alpha Omega Era 2011

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    If you get only one 2011 cabernet vintage, get this one. It was THE SURPRISE of my time in Napa Valley (Nov, 2013). I was blown away by it's richness and vibrancy -- and at such a young age! I can't imagine what aging will do for this wine. As only 900 or so cases made, I urge you to get this wine. 100 points. Read More

    Wine review by jedwilson


  • Alpha Omega Era 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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