Vintage America: A Brief History of Wine in America
Frank Hasek - winemaker at Korbel - with his Cellar Crew, late 1800s. (Source: Korbel) By 1900 Hasek had established Korbel as an award-winning, internationally recognized sparkling wine label.
- Roanoke Island's 400-year-old Scuppernong vine trained by the Englishmen that washed up there in the late 1500s.(Source: Southwynde.com)
- raise for the Scuppernong grape in the Pensicola, FL Gazette, 1878. The grape variety first cultivated in Florida by French Huguenot settlers in the 1500s.
- CH Wente Winery, 1895. founded in 1883 in California's Livermore Valley, C.H. Wente is the state's oldest continuously family-owned winery. (Source: tastecaliforniatravel.com)
- Vineyards in Hastings Ranch in California's San Gabriel Valley (once the state's premier winemaking region) in the late 19th century. (Source: Pasadena Museum of History)
- Virginia Dare, America's most purchased wine in the 1900s.
- Bert Lahr for Virgina Dare, 1955.
- Andre Tchelistcheff and Dr. Konstantin Frank. Tchelistcheff is perhaps the most important figure in post-Prohibition American winemakers. He set the standard for California Cab during his time at BV. Dr. Konstanin Frank was a winemaker and viticulturalist
- Icons of America's darker days.
- The Judgment of Paris, 1976: The day that changed American wine forever. California bests Bordeaux/Burgundy in a blind tasting of top wines from the each by French wine critics.
- Paul Draper, one of the great icons of modern American winemaking in his Montebello cellars, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA.
- Aerial view of Missouri's St. Charles Wine Country. (source: showmewine.org)
- David Lett of Eyrie Vineyards, one of the great pioneers of Oregon winemaking. (Source: Eyrie Vineyards).
- Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts, of Sonoma's Arnot-Roberts. (source: Arnot-Roberts).
- Greg Harrington of Washington State's Gramercy Cellars, another man who is bound to be a future icon of Washington State winemaking. (source: Gramercy Cellars).
- Lewis Dickson of Texas Hill Country's La Crux du Comal. He, along with his partner and winemaker, Tony Coturri (of California's Coturri) are proving that there's terroir in them thar hills.
- All 50 states in the U.S. boast their own unique commerical wine industries. Yes, even Hawaii.