6/25/2022: Very good. Tastes like other pink Catawba wines I've had. — 9 days ago
Sweet, very good carbonated as Fuzzy Cat — a year ago
A nice, light, summery wine with a dry finish. Can definitely taste the peach and strawberry notes! — 3 years ago
Not what I expected at all - actually surprisingly savory. Strange grape — 15 days ago
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) — 3 years ago
9/1/2021: Pretty good but not good enough to buy a bottle. — 10 months ago
First had in 2015 at the winery — a year ago
Refreshing — 2 years ago
Might be my new favorite. Tastes like concord meets Catawba. — 3 years ago