Ask Sid: Where can I taste the heritage Mission grape variety in a wine?

August 5th, 2020
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Question: Where can I taste the heritage Mission grape variety in a wine?

Answer: Yes the historic Mission grape is coming back in vogue. It is the earliest vitis vinifera grape imported to the New World with some old vines still remaining as a hardy easy to grow low acid quite different variety that can grow into monster size vine stocks as we see with old ones. Believe the revival is being fueled by many factors including the natural wine movement and the growing in popularity similar grape in Chile named Pais. Check out Miguel Torres Reserva de Pueblo made from 100% Pais. A good example in California is from Story Winery that has the 2017 Mission (using 1894 plantings) from Shenandoah Valley for $28. Some interesting new work with the “Mision grape” becoming recognized by Bichi (“naked”) in the Baja Mexico from their first vintage in 2014 worth checking out and available in LA. Also a useful grape with fortified brandy in dessert wines of Angelica produced by Heitz Cellars, Trentadue and others. Intriguing.

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August 5th, 2020

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