Tuesday, September 29, 6pm EST
It was carried across the Atlantic in the holds of Spanish ships setting out from the Canary Islands. It was planted up and down the west coast of the Americas five hundred years ago. The first vines in Chile; the first vineyards in California.
Pais has many names (mission, California; listan prieto, Canarias; criolla chica, Argentina) and it’s been underestimated, looked down on, and neglected in all of them. With all of that said, the wines that are being made today from often-ancient vines have something to teach us about just how much history there is to find in the ‘New World,’ about wine’s colonial history, and what the future of viticulture in the Americas might look like.
We’ll taste through three of the most compelling expressions of this grape variety I’ve found, discover its virtues and challenges, and learn what it truly means to give pais a chance.