Episode #8: A History of Italian Grapes in California from Napa
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This informal "class" traces the general history of Italian grapevine planting in California, both North and South, with part 1 focusing on Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo, the importance of the Italian Swiss Colony, the work of the UC system in 1880-1890, and eventually the amazing planting by Guasti in Cucamonga. It is a very lose and general history for a casual group tasting at the Napa Valley Wine School, but it gives some flavor to the development of the wine industry up to Prohibition, and what those grapes are up to today.


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