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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  • Stephen, Latour and La Mission beat the pants off Haut Brion for '59 (and '61) IMHO. Haut Brion was going through a sad patch back then. They were very up and down for a long while. The Dillons changed things, though when they later also bought La Mission I was worried they'd somehow dumb it down to enhance Haut Brion's prestige back to where th... Read More

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  • Until quite recently I still had some bottles of '59 Latour and La Mission, Stephen. Too bad we never discussed this back at the turn of the decade. Personally, I liked them both better than the Mouton for that year. Had some '61 Mouton and Haut Brion in that section, too, but got rid of them earlier. The last '59 was a La Mission (possibly the ... Read More

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  • We all covet certain superstar wines but budget restrictions mean we have not got there yetWhat are the 5 wines you would like to drink before you die that you have not already hadPlease include VintageMine1996 Krug Clos Du Mesnil1990 DRC Romanee Conti1959 Chateau Mouton [Birth Year]1847 Chateau d'Yquem1982 Petrus Read More

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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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