Mission

(aka. Pais)

The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1870s, this grape dominated vineyards in California. It was introduced to the region by Father Juan Ugarte, and the vine plantings followed the development of Missions as far north as San Jose. Overtime Mission has lost acreage in California for numerous reasons including urban development and lack of marketing appeal, but pockets of the vine remain including some old vines Mission in the Cucamonga AVA. Here it is often used to make fortified wines. 'Pais' reaches its height of popularity in South America, where it is planted four times more than any other grape variety. Pais is revered by the Jesuit Brotherhood, Chileans and Argentineans alike. In South America it is used both to make dry red table wines and South America's preferred distilled wine known as Pisco.

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  • According to a YouGov poll, forty-one percent of Americans enjoy wine with ... ... wine for any celebration is mission impossible for me. I always like a variety of the wines at the table, to allow people drink what they want. Nevertheless, let’s do this. My strong preference for Thanksgiving is to go with all American wines. And when I though... Read More

    From the article The One and Only Wine You Need This Thanksgiving


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... grapes  in 1797 when missionaries at Mission San Miguel Arcangel planted over 1000 vines. Paso Robles, located on the Central Coast in San Luis Obispo county, is a wine region definitely on the uptrend. The first commercial wine growing began in the 1880s with As... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region is Trending


  • Mercurey Premier Cru la Mission Monopole Chateau de Chamirey 2013

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  • Tasting was great - they were wines leftover from various events The 04 ... solid tasting and keeps my mission of converting SB drinkers to riesli Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Tasting with my Team


  • DOing a tasting tonight04 Janz Sparkling - Tasmania05 E&E Sparkling SHiraz08 Mesh Riesling Clare/Eden Valley Blend [half Grosset half Yalumba hence Mesh]08 O'Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling Clare16 Orlando ST Helga Riesling Eden Valley05 Zeghesio Zinfandel02 Yalumba Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Blend05 McWilliams 1877 Cabernet Sauvignon/S... Read More

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  • Stephen, Latour and La Mission beat the pants off Haut Brion for '59 (and '61) IMHO. Haut Brion was going through a sad patch back then. They were very up and down for a long while. The Dillons changed things, though when they later also bought La Mission I was worried they'd somehow dumb it down to enhance Haut Brion's prestige back to where th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 5 wines to try before you die


  • Until quite recently I still had some bottles of '59 Latour and La Mission, Stephen. Too bad we never discussed this back at the turn of the decade. Personally, I liked them both better than the Mouton for that year. Had some '61 Mouton and Haut Brion in that section, too, but got rid of them earlier. The last '59 was a La Mission (possibly the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 5 wines to try before you die


  • We all covet certain superstar wines but budget restrictions mean we have not got there yetWhat are the 5 wines you would like to drink before you die that you have not already hadPlease include VintageMine1996 Krug Clos Du Mesnil1990 DRC Romanee Conti1959 Chateau Mouton [Birth Year]1847 Chateau d'Yquem1982 Petrus Read More

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  • In 1991 the popularity of Zinfandel wasn’t a speck of what it is today. ... ... lovers alike. Their mission is to educate the world about the greatness of Zinfandel and help it achieve its rightful place alongside other lauded varieties. ZAP throws an annual event in San Francisco, Zin-Ex, which has become the go-to destination for wine drink... Read More

    From the article Fire up the barbecue. Zin is in.


  • OK, what's your favorite market in your area for buying good meats, dairy, ... I realized Bi-Rite in the Mission would be mine there. Very much appreciate their ancillary businesses and social/cultural/political initiatives, too.NYC would be Zabar's and maybe some of those markets around South Street or the west side near Meat Packing. Eataly ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Favorite local markets for...


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