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The Vikings referred to as North the US "Vinland," the land of wine. Giovanni de Verrazzano, the Italian explorer who first defined the grapes of the hot international, was once certain that "they may yield first-class wines." And whilst the English settlers chanced on grapes turning out to be so thickly that they coated the floor right down to the very beach, they concluded that "in all of the international the like abundance isn't to be found." hence, from the very starting the promise of the US used to be, partly, the eye-catching promise of wine. How that promise used to be again and again baffled, how its awareness used to be progressively started, and the way ultimately it's been triumphantly fulfilled is the tale advised during this book.It is a narrative that touches on approximately each portion of the USA and comprises the full variety of yank society from the founders to the most recent immigrants. Germans in Pennsylvania, Swiss in Georgia, Minorcans in Florida, Italians in Arkansas, French in Kansas, chinese language in California--all contributed to the domestication of Bacchus within the New international. So too did innumerable contributors, associations, and companies. widespread politicians, imprecise farmers, keen amateurs, sober scientists: those and the entire different kinds and stipulations of yank women and men determine within the tale. The background of wine in the US is, in lots of methods, the heritage of yank origins and of yankee company in microcosm.While a lot of that heritage has been misplaced to sight, specially after Prohibition, the restoration of the list has been the aim of many investigators through the years, and the consequences are the following introduced jointly for the 1st time.

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1850 176 48. The Norton grape 178 49. Friedrich Muench 180 50. George Husmann 181 51. Dr. George Engelmann 183 52. Catalogue of Bush & Son & Meissner, 1875 184 53. Alphonse Loubat 188 54. William Robert Prince 189 55. Advertisement of vines from Dr. Robert Underhill's Croton Point Vineyards, 1855 191 56. Advertisement for Dr. Underhill's Croton Point wines, sold by the estate 193 57. Site of first vineyards in the Finger Lakes region 195 58. Viticultural region of Keuka Lake, 1865 196 59. Pleasant Valley Winery, Hammondsport, New York, 1872 198 60.

All three of them challenge received opinions on key points of that history, and all three demonstrateconclusively to methat received opinion has been utterly uninformed and utterly untrustworthy. They are Roy Brady's ''The Swallow That Came from Capistrano'' (New West, 24 September 1979), dating the origin of winegrowing in California; Charles Sullivan's "A Viticultural Mystery Solved" (California History, Summer 1978), demolishing the myth of Haraszthy's introduction of the Zinfandel to California; and Francisco Watlington-Linares' "The First American Wine" (Eastern Grape Grower and Winery News, October-November 1983), demonstrating the hitherto unrecognized claim of the Spanish on Santa Elena Island to be the first to plant vines in what is now the United States.

Beyond all of these excellent libraries, I have depended on the Huntington Library's splendid collection of American history to provide the information out of which this narrative has been constructed. It is people rather than institutions who ought to receive dedications, but if this book were to be dedicated to an institution, it would have to be to the Huntington. Finally, I should like to make grateful acknowledgment to a writer personally unknown to me, Philip Wagner. For more than fifty years he has been writing gracefully, originally, and authoritatively about American wines and vines, and no one else now living can have done so much through his writings to foster an intelligent interest in wine among Americans.

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