(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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  • Chateau Grand Traverse Red Blend Old Mission Peninsula Silhouette 2007


    Fruit hides the dryness of this wine. Fabulous on the palate. Had a light and easy feel. Read More

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  • Had an Austrian blaufrankisch earlier this year from the Leo Hillinger ... of ... of Michigan, mainly the Old Mission and Leelanau peninsula Read More

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  • This past week's HKTDC  International Wine and Spirits Fair offered ... association is based on six mission statements. Two of the statements read, “Allow Asian Wine Producers to exchange and obtain global industry input,”and, “Create an Asian owner, winemakers and vineyard manager's forum, and a space for Asian wine makers to share and exchan... Read More

    From the article New Asian Wine Association Debuts at HKTDC Fair

  • So, the meaning of "GTO" is a complete mystery.Mr. Outhere, your ... ... ... any knowledge of your mission.Good luck, Outthere.Since I've just blabbed your instructions all over the internet, there is no reasong for your computer to self-destruc Read More

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  • Congratulations to Mike Smith! Parker finally recognizes talent.2012 Carter Cellars 'G. T. O.' - 1002012 Myriad Beckstoffer Dr Crane Reserve "Elysian" - 992012 Myriad Beckstoffer GIII - 972012 Myriad Beckstoffer Dr Cane - 96+2012 Myriad Three Twins - 952012 Quivet Las Piedras - 952013 Myriad Dr Crane and Dr Crane Elysian both (97-100 pts) Tasted... Read More

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  • Things are looking up for a niche wine company. Earlier this month kosher ... have said will further the mission of both companies to provide “innovative solutions” for adult beverage consumers. “We reached a stage where we needed a strong partner who understood our vision, shared our aspirations and recognized the potential of the brand, and,... Read More

    From the article Kosher Wine Partners With International Distributor

  • The status of South African wine in the USA is lamentable. Even in New York ... in London, so I made it my mission to drink “new wave” South African wines there. In quenching my thirst, what I found is that the typical approach to delve into either appellations or varieties to establish frames of reference isn’t necessarily the best approach. ... Read More

    From the article Innovation Sweeping South Africa: Get Thirsty!

  • A propos of IK&L discussion and discounting, here's this from their own ... enjoyment from his latest mission. Give him a head nod the next time you make off with another huge K&L bargain.Letting the misspelling of distributor go...I did see a bunch of Cali Cabs right around $20 that I would drink.  In my old, cab-centric days, I did drink lots... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • Proudly the most expensive wine in Virginia.  I'd voice my disdain for ... is an iconic BC blend from Mission Hill called "Oculus" that was $60-70 for the past six or seven years.  Suddenly, it's $100, because they want to expand the mid-range $50 blends.  I won't pay $100...ever, unless it's has serious pedigree.  Doesn't something sound incon... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Winemakers are fascinated by its diversity, winegrowers love its transparency, ... Umpqua Valley; he was on a mission to plant the well-known cool climate Riesling varietal from Alsace, among other varietals including Burgundy (Pinot Noir). After Sommer's successfully established Hillcrest Vineyards in 1961, other pioneers followed - planting ... Read More

    From the article Oregon's Riesling Revival

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