- Publish Date: Sep 9, 2010
Kick off the NFL season with a bottle from Louisiana.
The Super Bowl XLIV Champion New Orleans Saints kick off the NFL season tonight against the Minnesota Vikings. While Louisiana may be best known for Bourbon Street, beaded necklaces and bottomless Hurricanes that cause brain freeze (among other things), the state also boasts a budding wine scene.
The Mississippi River became a conduit for shipments of imported French and Spanish wines in the early 19th century, and local winemaking in Louisiana took root when homegrown wine made from Cynthiana grapes, a.k.a. Norton, won awards at the World Industrial Exposition at New Orleans in 1885. Unfortunately, Louisiana's hot, humid climate exposed the grapes to devastating diseases; Prohibition killed off any remaining interest in winemaking. It wasn't until the mid 1970s that wine enthusiasts revived local viticulture.
Today, a small portion of the state--around Baton Rouge--is included in the Mississippi Delta AVA and is home to five wineries: Casa De Sue Winery, Feliciana Cellars, Landry Vineyards, St. Amant Winery and Pontchartrain Vineyards. The Daily Sip applauds their pioneering spirit.
Tell us what you'll be drinking during the game--serious brownie points if it's a bottle from Louisiana.