Does anyone remember that hit by Deliverance from about 1979? I’ll have to check the iStore to see if I can find it.
But I digress. I’m not really leaving L.A., but leaving behind California altogether. Time to forge ahead bravely with the studying. Full time job now behind me, I have no excuse for not hitting the books far more regularly, going forward.
So to wrap up the California discussion, it’s time for THE DAMN FLASHCARDS.
Volstead Act: when wine became illegal in the US, the passing of Prohibition as law in 1919.
Jean-Louis Vignes: Aptly-named Frenchman from Bordeaux who launched the first commercial winery in California in 1833.
Buena Vista: California’s first major wine estate, 1957, in Sonoma, owned by flamboyant Hungarian political exile Agostan Haraszthy. 165 different vine varieties from Europe were tested on the estate.
Production: 565 million gallons, 4th in world production, 90% of US production.
Sharpshooters: California vineyards susceptible to Pierce’s Disease, a bacterial infection spread to vines via the Glassy Winged Sharpshooter. In 2000 a counterattack began by breeding and releasing tiny stingless wasps to attack the sharpshooters.
The 1976 Judgment of Paris: The famous competition at which several California wines beat out French products in a blind tasting with French judges. Results, as per Encycolwine:
- 1 USA – Chateau Montelena 1973
- 2 FRA – Meursault Charmes Roulot 1973
- 3 USA – Chalone Vineyard 1974
- 4 USA – Spring Mountain Vineyard 1973
- 5 FRA – Beaune Clos des Mouches Joseph Drouhin 1973
- 6 USA – Freemark Abbey Winery 1972
- 7 FRA – Batard-Montrachet Ramonet-Prudhon 1973
- 8 FRA – Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles Domaine Leflaive 1972
- 9 USA – Veedercrest Vineyards 1972
- 10 USA – David Bruce Winery 1973
- 1 USA – Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973
- 2 FRA – Château Mouton Rothschild 1970
- 3 FRA – Château Haut-Brion 1970
- 4 FRA – Château Montrose 1970
- 6 FRA – Château Leoville Las Cases 1971
- 5 USA – Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 1971
- 7 USA – Mayacamas Vineyards 1971
- 8 USA – Clos Du Val Winery 1972
- 9 USA – Heitz Wine Cellars ‘Martha’s Vineyard’ 1970
- 10 USA – Freemark Abbey Winery 1967
Top Red Grapes in California: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Top White Grapes in California: Chardonnay, Colombard (think jug wine!), Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris.
French Paradox craze: sparked by a 1991 60 Minutes special which revealed how the French eat a very high fat diet but the effects of it are countered by red wine, per capita wine concumption in the US increased in one year by 30%.
Neil Edgar: Young Californian who won a 1988 contest from 6,000 entries to coin a new term for Bordeaux-style blends. The resulting term, Meritage, is a combination of “merit” and “heritage”. And it rhymes with “heritage”, though the temptation to spice it up with French pronunciation is hard to resist.