Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard and Winery

Pink Catawba

Absolutely delicious. Fruity goodness — 8 months ago

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

Red Cat Finger Lakes Catawba Red Hybrids

Extremely fruity with a strong note of melon. This wine is delectably sweet and tangy! — 3 years ago

Ridge Vineyards

Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend 2017

The first European grapes were planted in what is now the U.S. in the 1600s, where Spanish missionaries in New Mexico needed sacramental wine. But Phylloxera was ever-present near the eastern population centers, so the earliest American wine industries were built on hybrid grapes. Cincinnati's sparkling Catawba was America's first cult wine, followed by cultivars like Norton, Isabella, and Concord in Missouri and Virginia. The sleeping giant began to awaken in the 1850s, when Agoston Haraszthy began importing high-quality vine material to California.

It all came crashing down with Prohibition in 1920. Not only were vineyards ripped up and knowledge lost, but the American palate became soft and sweet. Low-quality fortified wine from whatever grapes were available became the standard of the American wine industry.

Things began to shift in the 1960s. Robert Mondavi brought dry table wine, varietally labeled, back to the forefront. Boutique producers like Ridge began to creep toward European quality standards. The 1976 Judgement of Paris blind tasting, a sweeping victory for the Americans, proved that the New World wine was here to stay.

(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû's Wines 'History of Wine 1453AD-Present' seminar, where this wine was poured)
— 5 years ago

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Pet Nat Catawba 2020

Pure strawberry essence dancing in the glass.

Super fruit forward , strawberries all the way. Slight effervescence. Tannins and acidity nicely calling for balance on the palate.
— 2 years ago

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2018 is banging — 5 years ago

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Willow Creek Winery

Pink Catawba New York

Sweet, very good carbonated as Fuzzy Cat — 3 years ago

Hungry Run Wine & Spirit

Strawberry Watermelon

Fruity wine. Tastes like melted jolly ranchers — 3 years ago

Oliver Winery

Creekbend Vineyard Estate Bottled Catawba Rosé 2017

A nice, light, summery wine with a dry finish. Can definitely taste the peach and strawberry notes! — 4 years ago

Americana Vineyards

Sweet Rosie Rosé Blend

Might be my new favorite. Tastes like concord meets Catawba. — 5 years ago