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Winehaven: How The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 Gave Birth To The World’s Largest Winery

Winehaven: How The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 Gave Birth To The World’s Largest Winery

In the years leading up to Prohibition, the largest winery in the world sprawled across a 47-acre campus, perched upon the San Francisco Bay. Its name was Winehaven. At its peak capacity the winery and its warehouses could hold 12 million gallons of wine, which were distributed by sea from an 1,800 foot wharf, and […]

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The 8,000 Year Effort To Transport Wine Around The World

The 8,000 Year Effort To Transport Wine Around The World

Humans have been imbibing wine for thousands of years. We’ve already explored how wine, specifically vitis vinifera, spread around the world through trade, religious missions and colonization. But that story naturally leads to the question of how wine got from one place to another. While it’s relatively easy to carry vine cuttings on long journeys, bringing […]

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The Story Of Champagne Charlie: American Champagne Pioneer, Accused Confederate Spy, And One Time Owner Of Denver

The Story Of Champagne Charlie: American Champagne Pioneer, Accused Confederate Spy, And One Time Owner Of Denver

He’s known as the man who popularized Champagne in America. He was also held as a Confederate spy for months, that is until Emperor Napoleon the Third impressed upon President Lincoln to secure his release. A broke, broken man, he made a comeback when someone gave him the deeds to a third of all the […]

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