A History of Wine in America: From the Beginnings to Prohibition (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Sep 17, 2007 - Cooking - 572 pages
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The Vikings called North America "Vinland," the land of wine. Giovanni de Verrazzano, the Italian explorer who first described the grapes of the New World, was sure that "they would yield excellent wines." And when the English settlers found grapes growing so thickly that they covered the ground down to the very seashore, they concluded that "in all the world the like abundance is not to be found." Thus, from the very beginning the promise of America was, in part, the alluring promise of wine. How that promise was repeatedly baffled, how its realization was gradually begun, and how at last it has been triumphantly fulfilled is the story told in this book.It is a story that touches on nearly every section of the United States and includes the whole range of American society from the founders to the latest immigrants. Germans in Pennsylvania, Swiss in Georgia, Minorcans in Florida, Italians in Arkansas, French in Kansas, Chinese in California-all contributed to the domestication of Bacchus in the New World. So too did innumerable individuals, institutions, and organizations. Prominent politicians, obscure farmers, eager amateurs, sober scientists: these and all the other kinds and conditions of American men and women figure in the story. The history of wine in America is, in many ways, the history of American origins and of American enterprise in microcosm.While much of that history has been lost to sight, especially after Prohibition, the recovery of the record has been the goal of many investigators over the years, and the results are here brought together for the first time.In print in its entirety for the first time, "A History of Wine in America "is the most comprehensive account of winemaking in the United States, from the Norse discovery of native grapes in 1001 A.D., through Prohibition, and up to the present expansion of winemaking in every state.
  

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Contents

THE BEGINNINGS 10001700
3
Early Explorers and Native Grapes
6
The Promise of Virginia Wine
12
The Other Colonies in the Seventeenth Century
29
THE GEORGIA EXPERIMENT
40
VIRGINIA AND THE SOUTH IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
55
Domestic Winemaking in Virginia
62
Public Interest and Public Support
69
Winegrowing in the California Mission Period
237
The Beginning of Commercial Winegrowing in Southern California
243
The Beginnings in Northern California
258
THE HARASZTHY LEGEND
269
THE FATE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
285
The San Gabriel Valley
294
CALIFORNIA TO THE END OF THE CENTURY
310
LargeScale Investment in California Winegrowing
321

OTHER COLONIES AND COMMUNITIES BEFORE THE REVOLUTION
83
The Royal Society of Arts Competition
89
The Huguenots and St Pierre
94
Other Huguenot Communities
100
The Germans
102
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INDUSTRY
105
FROM THE REVOLUTION TO THE BEGINNINGS OF A NATIVE INDUSTRY
107
Other Pioneers in the Early Republic
114
Dufour and the Beginning of Commercial Production
117
The Spirit of Jefferson and Early American Winegrowing
126
THE EARLY REPUBLIC CONTINUED
130
Bonapartists in the Mississippi Territory
135
John Adlum Father of American Viticulture
139
The South in the Early Republic
149
THE SPREAD OF COMMERCIAL WINEGROWING
156
The Missouri Germans
174
The Development of Winegrowing in New York State
187
EASTERN VITICULTURE COMES OF AGE
203
The Creation of Institutional Supports for Winegrowing
216
The Grape Boom in the Old South
222
THE DEVELOPMENT OF CALIFORNIA
231
THE SOUTHWEST AND CALIFORNIA
233
Italian Swiss Colony and the Italian Contribution
327
Communal Organizations and Winegrowing
331
A Model of the Whole
336
CALIFORNIA GROWING PAINS AND GROWING UP
341
The University of California
350
The California Wine Association
355
The Growth of Related Trades and a Literature of Wine
363
Climax and Collapse
368
THE INDUSTRY ACROSS THE NATION
371
THE EASTERN UNITED STATES FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO PROHIBITION
373
Eastern Wine and Eastern Grape Juice
374
Missouri Kansas and the Midwest
390
THE SOUTHWEST THE SOUTH OTHER STATES
404
The South
411
Other States
419
THE END OF THE BEGINNING NATIONAL PROHIBITION
425
Fox Grapes and Foxiness
443
The Language of Wine in English
448
Notes
453
Works Cited
505
Index
525
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About the author (2007)

Thomas Pinney is Professor of English, Emeritus, at Pomona College.

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