Our game this week gives us an excuse to explore the little known sparkling Catawba wine of Ohio. This wine, and the grape with the same name, figured prominently in the history of American wine making. During the early to mid-19th century, Catawba was the most widely planted grape variety in the country!
According to wineintro, Catawba is a “created” red grape that is a cross of vitis vinifera (French grape style) and vitis labrusca (United States grape style) grapes. Wines made out of Catawba are a bit foxy and have an odor, which you may or may not like. The grape is used in jams and jellies as well, so their foxy, musky flavor transcends wine making.
Catawba is grown mostly on the east coast of the United States, so it is a hard wine to find. Your best bet is to contact wineries in the Finger Lakes region of NY, where the wine is most prevalent.
Regardless of the outcome of the game, we now know more about Ohio wine!
Cheers and Go Bears!
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