Louisiana wine

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Louisiana
Wine region
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Official name State of Louisiana
Type U.S. state
Year established 1812
Country United States
Sub-regions Mississippi Delta AVA
Climate region Humid subtropical
Total area 51,885 square miles (134,382 km2)
Grapes produced Blanc du Bois, Muscadine, Niagara, Norton, Viognier[1]
No. of wineries 4
Norton Grape Varietal

Louisiana wine refers to wine made from grapes grown in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Growing grapes in Louisiana is challenging which has hindered its wine industry. The climate of Louisiana is extremely hot and humid, and viticulturists in the state face Pierce's disease, powdery mildew, and other grapevine diseases. There are four commercial wineries in Louisiana that collectively produce about 20,000 gallons (75,000 liters) of wine per year. One of those commercial wineries is Landry Vineyards which is the largest vineyard and winery in Northeast Louisiana. Landry Vineyards grows grapes that are specific to the climate of Louisiana. Louisiana wine industry is small but growing.

Louisiana Wine Paired Louisiana Cuisine[edit]

White Muscadines Harvested

"The main problem we have is getting people to try our wine," Seago said. "They say, 'How can it be any good, it's from Louisiana?' Well, they never say that about our food. So they should find out about the wine too."[2] -John Seago, owner of Pontchartrain Vineyard

Grape Varietal Wine Characteristics Pairs well with this type of Louisiana Cuisine Example
Blanc Du Bois Distinct melon and citrus character, with crisp acidity[3] (Dry to sweet white)  Shellfish Grilled Shrimp
Le Noir Interesting black currant and cherry notes, with a distinct wild character. (Port wine and dry reds). Wild Games such as venison and duck Seared Goose Steaks
Norton Flavors of black berries and black cherries; chocolate, vanilla, and earthiness[4] Barbeque, chicken pork, game and beef that has acidic sauces or marinades. Wild duck in Sauce
Lomanto Fresh fruit flavor and a deep purple color[5] Beef, grilled Louisiana garden vegetables, or chocolate deserts     Cajun Sirloin
Victoria Red Delightful Table Grape for those hot summer days.  Mix in a Fresh Garden Salad or eat individually with refreshments Sweet tea and fresh grapes

Muscadine wine[edit]

Muscadine is a country wine with a place deep in the heart of many of Louisiana's people. They have fond memories of picking them fresh and eating them as a refreshing snack on those hot August days when they ripen every time they take a sip of a sweet white. Muscadines make a great wine for many types of Louisiana cuisine, providing you with a unique wine with a unique food and life style.

Muscadine Wine Style Pairs Well With Louisiana Cuisine
Sweet White Desserts Peach Bread Pudding
Semi-Sweet White Seafood and Pasta Dishes Louisiana Crawfish Cakes
Dry White Seafood white meats Grilled Redfish over asparagus
Sweet Red Desserts Blueberry or Peach Cobbler
Dry Red Red Meats and Game[6] Pan Seared Venison Tenderloin
Muscadine

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Appellation America (2007). "Louisiana: Appellation Description". Retrieved Nov. 27, 2007.
  2. ^ "Louisiana vineyard struggles for recognition - USATODAY.com". usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Fairhaven Vine Nursery". www.fairhavenvinenursery.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 
  4. ^ Seda, Catherine. "Born in the USA: America's Norton grape". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 
  5. ^ "Fairhaven Vine Nursery". www.fairhavenvinenursery.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 
  6. ^ Hill, Megan. "Louisiana Wine Pairings". Country Roads Magazine. Retrieved 2016-05-11.