Monday, April 9, 2018
With only a small handful of wineries in the state, some using California grapes or other types of fruit from Florida, it's a bit difficult to find true Louisiana wines. I had hoped to try a Blanc du Bois wine, made from a grape that does well in Louisiana's hot, humid climate, but it stayed out of reach. The state is included in the Mississippi Delta AVA, but most of the grapes grown in that region are Muscadine.
Landry Vineyards blueberry wine. They wouldn't pour that wine and couldn't tell me that it was made from Louisiana-grown berries, so it's likely that it wasn't. Landry does make an array of wines using Louisiana-grown Blanc du Bois grapes.
My break came at NOLA Tropical Winery, a tasting room in the mall at the end of the New Orleans Riverwalk. I was told their extensive line of fruit wines are made with out-of-state berries and such, but they do carry some genuine Louisiana-grown grape wines, as well as Louisiana wines made from Muscadine grapes and a Port-style fig wine. They offer free tastings, by the way.
That's actually a really nice Port-style wine from Pontchartrain Vineyards. It's made from figs that I was told are grown in-state. It smells good and Port-ly and tastes, well, figgy. A nice finish lasts a good while. Tasty and fun.
I was told that even their fruit wines are made with berries sourced out-of-state. They do, however, have some wines made by Pontchartrain Vineyards.
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