(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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  • 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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  • Tortoise Creek Mission Grove Pinot Noir 2015


    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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  • 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

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  • 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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