Wine 101: American Wine History Part II – VinePair


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In this episode of “Wine 101,” VinePair tastings director Keith Beavers continues to dive into the complex history of American wine. In part one of this three-part series, Beavers shared how colonization helped bring European techniques in winemaking to the Eastern Seaboard — which was met with hardship. But, as he explains in part two, elsewhere in the developing nation were signs of a blossoming industry.

From the 1500s to the late 19th century, settlers found fruitful land for growing vines across Mexico, California, and the Southwest. Who were these pioneers of winemaking? And how did California — with regions like Sonoma and Napa — become the nation’s hottest destination for vineyards?

Tune in to learn more about the history of American Wine in the second episode of this three-part series.


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Keith Beavers: My name is Keith Beavers, and I just started baking for the first time. It’s been wonderful. I’ve baked one cake. It went … well?

This is part two of American Wine History. Wow, things get crazy. I can’t wait to tell you guys what happens next. Bear with me, because it’s going to be a bit of a rollercoaster. But by the end of this thing, it’s going to be cool.

In the last episode, we talked about what was going on in the eastern states and the colonies and how it all developed. We talked about how there was so much heartbreak. There were lists upon lists of things that weren’t working for people. Towards the end of the episode, I was like, “There’s things happening over in the Rio Grande Valley. So what’s up with that?” In the 15th and 16th century, as I mentioned in the first episode, Europeans were getting on boats and coming over to the New World and trying to find places. The Spanish, specifically, were doing a lot of this. What we’re about to encounter happened almost in isolation because of the lack of communication from the East Coast to the Western Coast and southwest of what would be the U.S.

For Spain, this is how it worked. They occupied a chain of islands just off the coast of Morocco, called the Canary Islands. It was first colonized by the nobles of Spain. Then the royals …….


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