(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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  • Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2013


    This is entirely Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from among Pine Ridges 47 Stags ... ... of crème fraiche. Dried mission fig and sour black cherry are evident on the finish along with a dusting of coco Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso

  • We will be in the state of Washington and then briefly in Oregon from the 4th ... stay at that Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Sp Read More

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  • Not too keen on Mission and their prices, Greg. Milano's has always been the gold standard in S.I. I recently purchased a bottle of Egri Bikaver (Bull's Blood of Eger), Hungary's longtime flagship red. It sems that the quality is still pretty much the same as the first time I bought it around 40 years ago. Well worth it @ $8 a crack. Not so with... Read More

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  • Liberty School is Hope Family. They're from Paso Robles and have several ... wines.If you're on SI, Mission Fine Wines sometimes has some pretty good deals on off and older vintage Read More

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  • Hi Folks!This site was really great several years ago helping me track down Corsican reds here in NYC (I'm in Staten Island.) Many of my friends, and myself included, are interested in very good wines (mostly reds)  at the lowest possible price. There really are many such wines out there if you look hard enough! For example, several years ago a ... Read More

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  • Among the sparklers, Jacquesson's GVS beat out the Schramsberg BdN, though ... a 1996 (the 1995 for the La Mission red was also a complicated year, but good winemaking won out there, too). However its lifetime is almost certainly shorter. Our friend Panos Kakaviatos put up some very favorable tasting notes for the 1994. My experience of the '9... Read More

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  • Interestingly, found a Montebello edged out a Dunn from the same mature vintage ... St. Joseph, 2011Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, 1995Dominus, 1995Dunn Napa Valley, 1996Ridge Montebello, 1996Dominio de Pingus, 1996Les Vignerons Catalan Banyuls Grand Cru Vin Doux Naturel, 1997Spiri Read More

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  • Mission Hill Pinot Noir Martin's Lane 2012


    This wine was labelled the "best" Pinot Noir in the world under £15 at the World a Decanter awards in 2013. The 2014 continues this tradition. It's appeal begins with its deep, vibrant hue in the glass and the wonderful aromas and flavours of raspberry and cherry. Excellent weight and concentration with spicy notes on a lingering finish. Decanti... Read More

    Wine review by ccarson2

  • Have you discovered the joys of sipping your rum neat, or are you only mixing ... are all evident on the nose. Mission fig, dates, maple syrup and more are all part of the palate which is deep, layered and loaded with wave after wave of refined flavors. Hints of chocolate sauce, salinity, and fruitcake spices are all present on the lengthy fin... Read More

    From the article When You Run Out of Wine: Rum for a Change

  • '82 is more like it for that reaction to the Talbot. Have had it from that ... me salivating for a 2000 La Mission, and it's still early in the afternoon on a weekda Read More

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