Archive for the ‘History’ Category


Divine Vintage by Randall Heskett and Joel Butler

Tweet Divine Vintage by Randall Heskett and Joel Butler just arrived. I believe this is the most important body of work in modern history to present our past of “following the wine trail from Genesis to the Modern Age” (its subtitle). This is not to discount its Modern Divine Wine Trails. These findings are also […]


“Gracianna,” inspired by true events

Tweet “Gracianna,” inspired by true events, has just rocked my world. Gracianna Winery is located in Russian River Valley on Westside Road. Before this winery was built, on the land of its vineyards, sat a small home. My daughter Melanie and her winemaker husband Heath Hoffman lived on the Amador family’s property for a while. […]


Earliest History of Grape Growing in Suisun Valley

Tweet The earliest history of grape growing in Suisun Valley can be traced back to Mae Fisher Purcell. Mae wrote for the Eighteenth Anniversary Edition And All County Chamber of Commerce Atlas of Solano County, Information-Section 4-1935, in a story entitled, “Claus Mangels Renowned Solano Winery and Notable Estate is Beauty Spot of Suisun Valley: […]


California State Assembly Passes HR 9 – Recognizing California’s Living Historic Vineyards

Tweet On this past Monday, the California Assembly voted to approve HR 9, a resolution that recognizes the contribution that living historic vineyards have made, and continue to make to the agricultural and social history of California. HR 9 was introduced by Assemblymember Tom Daly (District 69, Anaheim) and is supported by the Historic Vineyard […]


Explorers of Portugal Reveal the True Passion Behind Their Wines

Tweet While in Portugal and the Alentejo wine grape growing region, I was a guest of Enoforum Wines. At the time, I received a well-rounded education from my friend Delfim Costa. From the beginning of our friendship, Delfim has taught me that to understand Portuguese wines it’s most important to first understand the people of […]


Embarking on my own Greek (Wine) Odyssey

Tweet En Oeno Alethea ~ In wine, there is truth… Odyssey (Greek: Ὀδύσσεια, Odysseia)…’s Greek word for “a long series of wanderings or adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc.” I’m thinking that the wine will negate any hardships… This blog posting has been inspired by Eklektikon, a Greek import company, that […]


This whole Indian casino in Napa Valley controversy, and the residents reeling in indignation just cracks me up…

Tweet [Image is borrowed from the Native Americans Website] From their site: First People is a child friendly site about Native Americans and members of the First Nations. 1400+ legends, 400+ agreements and treaties, 10,000+ pictures, clipart, Native American Books, Posters, Seed Bead Earrings, Native American Jewelry, Possible Bags and more. I’m an outsider to […]


How Many Wineries Survived Prohibition?

Tweet [This image was taken at Foppiano Vineyards, as agents emptied the winery of its wine contents into the creek alongside Old Redwood Winery.] I thought I’d share the information below, so that when someone is researching, this story pops up with the most accurate number. I spent hours upon hours researching this one for […]


Mission Grape Has Played a Major Role in California Wine Viticultural History

Tweet The following was a final project that I wrote for my Enology class taught by Pat Henderson, winemaker for Valley of the Moon. After my presentation, which included a tasting of a light but flavorful Malvadino Mission wine, Pat asked for permission to use this piece in future classes… Permission granted. So, today, I’m […]


Portuguese historical adventures have created an abundant food and wine legacy

Tweet During the past 3,000 years, Portugal experienced an ebb and flow of different civilizations invading their country. From Iberian to Tartessian, Celtic, Phoenician and Carthaginian, Greek, Roman, Germanic, Arabic, Jewish, and the Moors, all of these aggressors left interesting imprints on this small, Mediterranean country. It is important to note that in 868 A.D., […]