(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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  • Mission Hill Compendium 2009


    This wine is an exceptional example of what happens when the climate change paradigm works in favor of the producer. The Compendium is better than the usual Bordeaux (which only excludes the best crus). There is a hill of beans of blackberry, cherry, and wet earth in the flavor. Compare with Premier Cru. 92 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • There’s only one source for the best Italian wines in the world: Gambero ... cases the winemaker’s mission is to work with local varieties or classic examples such as Chianti or Vermentino. In other cases they’re playing the vanguard role, experimenting with international varieties or blends that are not historically traditional. In all cases ... Read More

    From the article The Best Italian Wines of the Year

  • Port is a category of wine that conjures up different images depending on your ... but well proportioned wine. Mission fig, dates, blackberry and more light up the boisterous and welcoming nose. Black cherry, raspberry and a host of spices are evident throughout the deeply layered palate. Kirsch liqueur, black plums and continuing black fig fl... Read More

    From the article Undervalued Wine Categories: Late Bottled Vintage Port

  • There are going to be some exciting changes at Snooth in 2016! We have a few ... readers. John’s on a mission; to make wine simple. He is one of only 340 Masters of Wine in the world and is a speaker, television and radio broadcaster, and writer on wine. He is based in Guildford, Surrey; about 25 miles southwest of London. When asked about his... Read More

    From the article Meet Snooth's Brand New Editorial Team!

  • OT, you didn't answer my earlier questions in the La Mission/Latour context.  :-( Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Parker Scores are in, the...

  • Parker sure seems to like the GTO (amongst the several others)! Sounds like he ... ... that he compares to La Mission at its best. Nor for that matter the GTO, which he compares to Latour. Since those are probably my two favorite Bordeaux chateaux (Left Bank, certainly), I'm curious if Carter displays the steel under the velvet glove that the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Parker Scores are in, the...

  •  My pal Mike is getting some love this round. Great to see, he works his tail off.2013 Myriad Dr Crane Elysian 100pts2013 Myriad Dr Crane 98pts2013 Myriad Beckstoffer GIII 98pts2013 Myriad Three Twins 94pts2013 Carter To Kalon GTO 100pts2013 Carter To Kalon The OG 100pts2013 Carter Beckstoffer Las Piedras 100pts2013 Carter To Kalon Grand Daddy 9... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Parker Scores are in, the...

  • Reading Judt's "Postwar" right now and it makes me want to read a ... ... shop the markets in the Mission like I used to, and there's no local Calabrian, Ligurian, or other deli that could serve as a significant source of my diet these days. (The great SF delis, like Iacopi, are long gone, leaving us only Molinari's.) We do have more artisanal... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help me out here

  • I went through a few cases of their wine from the late '70s through the ... wine at Haut Brion and La Mission for so many years, and with all the Japanese and Chinese purchases in the region in recent decades.Fundamentally, up through at least the early-mid '80s (don't know after that because I stopped drinking it around those vintages), the w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Wednesday was a travel and cleansing day. We decided to take our time going ... route that ended at the Old Mission. From there we hoofed it all the way to the Jaffurs Wine Cellars tasting room. Jaffurs is the only winery to have their wine making facility in the city. We were both very impressed with the quality of everything we tasted here a... Read More

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