(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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  • Per and Britt Karlsson are on a mission: to bring rosé back to the world stage.  Yesterday the wine writers published on Forbes their examination of the world's most expensive rosé, an investigation which began with questions some wine drinkers may be asking about the seemingly simple sipper. “Can rosé ever be a great wine. Chateau d'Esclans in ... Read More

    From the article Forbes Couple Continues Rose Series With World's Most Expensive Pinky

  • Let's talk realworld, not theoretical ideas about mythicals or rather ... ... of that class ('59 La Mission and Latour, '61 Mouton and Haut Brion, lots of '82s, some DRCs though not always La Romanee Conti, and others of similar stature from other regions even if not on William's list). These usually required delivery ahead of time for my even... Read More

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  • Working at a notable wine venue, that serves amazing cuisine, occasionally we have guests that bring legends. DRC,Penfolds, Latour, Petrus,  Lafite, Gaja and Giacosa and more.-In my strongest opinion, I think the Cork Fee should be waived at a venue if the guest decides to compliment your food and venue with an amazing wine.It is an opportunity ... Read More

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  • Defending the virtues of chemical-free wines comes naturally for Isabelle ... ... ... this past week about her mission to bring natural wine to consumers.  “Legeron, the indomitable daughter of a Cognac winemaker and the first French woman to become a Master of Wine, is one a mission,” Telegraph reporter Jon Henley wrote. “To persuade wine dri... Read More

    From the article Italian Winemaker Makes A Case For Ditching Your Usual Case of (Processed) Wine

  • OT, you need to embrace the winemaker's mission with the Artiste label and understand that he isn't trying to make a Pinot Noir when he blends Pinot with Syrah as he did with Prepara.  Is it a Pinot? No it is its own artistic impression in a bottle. Last night we opened Queen which is a blend on 91% Tempranillo  and 9% Merlot. He is able to play... Read More

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  • Insert your own size joke here. This past month magazine Hour Detroit ... ... sales and marketing for Old Mission Peninsula winery Bowers Harbor Vineyards, said novelty was a factor in Old Mission's decision to produce 3-, 6-, and 9-liter bottles. “We don't sell a lot, but the serious wine collectors enjoy purchasing them,” he told Casey. “Mos... Read More

    From the article Bigger Is Better: Detroit Magazine Talks With Wineries About Beefy Bottles

  • Okay, I relate to passing on the Virginia swill, having been pretty unimpressed ... Not like we're 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 whil... Read More

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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... ... than those and the Mission, I've had all of the other grapes from Europe. From CA I haven't had Carmenere, Dornfelder, the Port grapes or Teraldego. And I'm wondering why on earth someone would plant Dornfelder, which doesn't even make very good wine in Ger... Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... wants to drink wine from the Mission grape, although I'd like to just for educational purposes.Cabernet FrancMalbecCarignanePetit VerdotSangiovese *Alicante Bouschet *Mataro *Tempranillo *Muscat Hamburg *MissionCarnelianTannatPrimitivoGamay (Napa) *Touriga Nacional *RoyaltyMeun... Read More

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  • 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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