Nothing like fizzy, dry, concord grapey goodness! — 14 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) — a month ago
Sweet and rich, my go to red. — 3 months ago
This LBV port combines elderflower, cake, and Concord grapes in the nose; a fruit-forward bouquet of blackberries and plum; and a lingering finish tasting of jam. — 12 days ago
Light-bodied California Pinot Noir, low tannin and acid, smooth with notes of Concord grapes (Clarendon Wine) — 2 months ago
50% Concord, 50% Chambourcin. — 3 months ago
More of a dessert wine. Very sweet and not heavy. — 4 months ago
This wine is college in a bottle. It’s a glass of Concord grapes. This is for summer, when you’re not taking yourself too seriously. This also would make an excellent sangria. Or just throw a few lime slices in your glass and go on with your day. Concord grapes in a glass. Grown up grape juice. — 2 months ago
Concord grape, green apple, artichoke, celery salt, and Garam masala. Weird as hell. I’d like some more. — 2 months ago
My favorite Angel wine so far! So flavorful, like Concord grapes and currant. — 3 months ago