(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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  • La Croix de Mission Domaine des Rochelles Anjou-Villages Brissac 2008


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea [ www.hhandc.co.uk ... area and their 'La Croix de Mission' cuvee is unusual in that it consists of 90% cabernet sauvignon and only 10% cabernet franc. It is aged in stainless steel tanks.I started my bottle last night with my supper of chicken pie and I did enjoy it.It is a dark ruby... Read More

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  • This past Friday South China Morning Post reporter Robin Lynam took her readers ... ... best restaurants. Her mission? To investigate the trend in which chefs are refusing to use “cooking” wine for their recipes, deferring to quality quaffers for the delectable dishes.  “For most of the recorded history of food preparation wine has served not ... Read More

    From the article Spurning Plonk: Hong Kong Chefs Emphasizing Quality of Cooking Wines

  • Caricatures of pig-tailed hot chocolate girls and watches aside, the Wall ... ... gander, Lyons went on a mini-mission to learn more about the country’s quaffers.  Lyons said he learned three important things about Swiss wines. First, he said, the wines are expensive. Second, he noted, there are “hundreds of different grape varieties,” and, th... Read More

    From the article WSJ: Don't Miss the Swiss Wines

  • Bottle after bottle of reds, whites, pinks and sparklers have emerged from ... Wine Week will concluded at Mission in Bethnal green with a barbecue and a line-up of DJ’s.  “You can get stuck into a selection of rare tipples, all served from 1.5 litre magnums,” the story said. “Snapping a picture with a gigantic bottle either side of your head... Read More

    From the article Four Things You Have To Do at London Wine Week

  • This is pertinent to that other thread I started on product placements (sortof) ... west of Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion) has hit all the highlights of this vintage. Interestingly, the quality of the Pomerols and Graves wines in 2012 is closer to what one would consider a great vintage than the general image of 2012. This is truly great... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Anybody Interested in buying "Chateau la mission haut brion cru classe 1978". I have some collection of wines but in need of immediate money.Good shape.Properly stored.Asking. $399.99Market Value: $599.99- $799.99grnsky@gmail.comWill deal on ebay. Read More

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  • Continuing her grandfather's famous legacy of change, Nelson Mandela's ... to Young, the company's mission is to give a “positive and passionate contribution to society.” Young met with Mandela's granddaughter at a South African restaurant in Harlem. Tukwini said the motive behind the Mandela-named wine is two-fold: to carry on the legacy of t... Read More

    From the article Mandela's Granddaughter Launches Wine Label, Calls For Diversity in South Africa's Industry

  • Per and Britt Karlsson are on a mission: to bring rosé back to the world stage.  Yesterday the wine writers published on Forbes their examination of the world's most expensive rosé, an investigation which began with questions some wine drinkers may be asking about the seemingly simple sipper. “Can rosé ever be a great wine. Chateau d'Esclans in ... Read More

    From the article Forbes Couple Continues Rose Series With World's Most Expensive Pinky

  • Let's talk realworld, not theoretical ideas about mythicals or rather ... ... of that class ('59 La Mission and Latour, '61 Mouton and Haut Brion, lots of '82s, some DRCs though not always La Romanee Conti, and others of similar stature from other regions even if not on William's list). These usually required delivery ahead of time for my even... Read More

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  • Working at a notable wine venue, that serves amazing cuisine, occasionally we have guests that bring legends. DRC,Penfolds, Latour, Petrus,  Lafite, Gaja and Giacosa and more.-In my strongest opinion, I think the Cork Fee should be waived at a venue if the guest decides to compliment your food and venue with an amazing wine.It is an opportunity ... Read More

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