|WELCOMING THE 20TH CENTURY!!|
|THE BEAUTY OF ART NOUVEAU|
As the Spanish were setting up missions, a wave of French, German, Italian and Hungarian immigrants began to flow into California. These new arrivals came from countries where wine was an integral part of everyday life, and planting grapes or perhaps even a small vineyard provided a direct link to their European heritage.
The vines that brought California all it's glory were way off into the future but the Gold Rush started the ball rolling and the wines growing…some of our founding fathers of what today is called Napa Valley would bring this economic powerhouse of winemaking to make America the 4th largest in the world, a $125 billion dollar industry!!
|THE ROARING TWENTIES…...|
|THE 30'S …TRES CHIC!!|
Actually, one of the most chic wines that Americans did drink was Champagne….This was a period when everything fabulous was of course FRENCH, n'est pas! We were a nation of Francophiles, from Haute Couture to Haute Cuisine…French was taught in schools and anybody worth their Francs was going to visit "The City of Light", Paris!! Most of the sparkling wine of the day was from France, with some less expensive Italian & Spanish offerings……Champagne was considered sophisticated, festive and of course intoxicating!! Which could you in a little bit of trouble…Ha Ha..
|THE EPITOME OF "SWINGIN" TIMES….|
When I think about the different wine crazes over the years I cringe….Who could forget The 60's invasion of the Portuguese Roses, although I must say the 'new' California rose has made me a convert! Let's see there was Mateus, Lancers, &….Don't forget Ruinite over ice. And then in the 70's there was Blue Nun…it had the nose of a floral sachet…..OMG not to mention Bali Hai and a number of disgusting sweet "wines"but I guess they gave people a buzz, and wasn't that the reason to drink wine in those days?? There was very little discernment then and it seemed that the word"palate" didn't exist!
|BUBBLY & MARILYN..PERFECT COMBO|
But Americans started to become more worldly and traveled and moved beyond the likes of White Zinfandel and the ubiquitous "white wine spritzer" remember …..What was that????? Cheap wine with soda…The horror…..! I for one am thrilled with the American renaissance when it comes to wine…better late than never! Although I've been a wine snob for decades it's nice to know that the rest of the country is catching up….
|THE ALWAYS FABULOUS TAITTINGER|
|ONE OF NAPA'S FINEST CABERNETS, CAYMUS|
|MY FAVORITE SPOT …BETWEEN THE VINES|
|THE FABULOUS WINES OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY|
Wishing everyone a wonderful summer and hoping you are always in search of the next best Vino, especially those of you who live in California! We are truly blessed to have an abundance of amazing wines at our finger tips…..Will be back soon with more news about my venture,
|THE WINE CONTESSA & LA BELLA FAMIGLIA|