Since recently tapping our first keg of Harrington Wines Mission, we’ve been drinking a lot of it!
But what is it?
Mission is a type of grape. In fact, it was one of the original grapes cultivated for wine in California. It was first grown at the Missions (get it?), way back in the 1700s, and later spread throughout the state. These re-discovered vines from Sommer’s Vineyard are now 6 foot tall, tree-like plants that look like they should be in a storybook forest.
The wine so pale in color many think it’s a rosé. But it’s a light red wine that’s almost translucent--it’s so light, in fact, we’re serving it chilled. On the palate, it’s fresh, easy drinking, with a bit of earthiness and notes of orange peel and grapefruit.
It’s made by Wine Down’s friend, Bryan Harrington in the Dogpatch area of San Francisco, you can learn more about his wines at his website: