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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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Wow, a mission like that would intimidate not just Mr. Phelps, but the entire IM Force.I truly wish you luck, JD.:-)    Read More

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  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... Spanish Colonists planted mission grapes for the traveling Monks who needed wine for their daily mass. Today, New Mexico has three main viticultural areas, Mesilla Valley, Middle Rio Grande and Mimbres Valley with such grapes as Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Tem... Read More

    From the article Wine in America, Beyond California


  • Bonus Day - Oakland After dropping off the rest or our gang at the ... ... much and just enjoy life. Mission accomplished.&nbs Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • YES....you can google the subject. I intend to and will add more details as I ... and grown in California as MISSIO Read More

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  • Tortoise Creek Mission Grove Pinot Noir 2015

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    A bit toasted on the nose with floral berry and cherry aromas. Bright and bold on the palate, this delivers a nice dose of tart cherry, rose petal essence and a zesty baking spice, finishing with oak notes and mixed berries. Read More

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  • This was a couple of nights ago, to be technically correct.  Requiem ... its wine as anyone, and his mission to achieve the best possible quality is something I've always respected. Sounds like he was in interesting, fun individual, to boot.A year before he died in a light aircraft crash over in Cogna Read More

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