San Luis Obispo County Wine: A World-Class History

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In the mid-1800s, fortune seekers from around the world flocked to California, but not all of them ended up in the gold fields. Many settled in San Luis Obispo County, drawn by the Mediterranean climate perfect for planting a familiar crop: grapevines. Local viticulture originated with the Spanish Missions, but it blossomed with the influx of intrepid adventurers. Growers and winemakers like Pierre Dallidet, an immigrant who helped save the French wine industry, and Henry Ditmas and James Anderson, who were the first to plant Zinfandel grapes, established vineyards and set about crafting award-winning wine in the fertile soil of Central California. Join the experts at the Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County as they share the unique stories of these legendary winemakers.
ISBN: 9781467146296
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: American Palate
Images: 114
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Libbie Agran is the founder of the Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County. This project archives and preserves the fascinating history of two hundred years of winegrowing on land where more than 150 varieties of grapes were planted and world-class wines produced. She has produced two documentaries about famous local winemakers and grape growers. Libbie is a graduate of UCLA with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. This book is the first comprehensive wine history of San Luis Obispo County. Heather Muran is a historian for the Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County. She holds a degree in journalism from San Diego State University and has spent the last decade promoting the wines from coastal San Luis Obispo County to consumers worldwide. Heather conducts research and gathers viticultural history through interviews with local vintners. She enjoys traveling abroad and exploring the great outdoors and has a passion for surfing, hiking and sailing.
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