History Happened Here: A Taste of the Wine Country

| June 21, 2002

History Happened Here: A Taste of the Wine Country, Carla Davidson, American Heritage
California's Sonoma County is famous for its wine, but not as much is known about the rich immigrant history that made it what it is today. In American Heritage, Carla Davidson visits the many family vineyards of the region and revisits their past. In the lush scenery of wine country, Davidson describes how the past is still crucial to the way the wine is made today, down to using the 100 year-old casks that have been passed down through generations of winemakers. Tradition is also strong in the way of life in wine country, as Davidson says: 'Sandi Martini Coero recalls a tradition started in the 1950s when her grandfather, Elmo, and his friends would gather at the end of a day to talk and uncork some red wine. This led to other locals appearing, jug in hand, to fill up on the house red. Five years ago, the younger Martinis revived the custom.'
--Julie Madsen
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