Americans learned how to make wine successfully about two hundred years ago, after failing for more than two hundred years. Thomas Pinney takes an engaging approach to the history of American wine by telling its story through the lives of 13 people who played significant roles in building an industry that now extends to every state. While some names - such as Mondavi and Gallo - will be familiar, others are less well known. These include the wealthy Nicholas Longworth, who produced the first popular American wine; the German immigrant George Husmann, who championed the native Norton grape in Missouri and supplied rootstock to save French vineyards from phylloxera; Frank Schoonmaker, who championed the varietal concept over wines with misleading names; and, Maynard Amerine, who helped make UC Davis a world-class winemaking school.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1. John James Dufour, or the Uses of Failure: A Man with a Mission 2. Nicholas Longworth: The Necessary Entrepreneur 3. George Husmann: A Pure and Lofty Faith 4. Charles Kohler: Putting California Wines on the Map 5. Andrea Sbarboro: The Italians Are Coming 6. Percy T. Morgan and the CWA: Wine as Big Business 7. Paul Garrett: American Wine for Americans 8. Ernest and Julio Gallo: Creating New Markets 9. Frank Schoonmaker: A Master Teacher 10. Maynard Amerine: Applied Science 11. Konstantin Frank: Zealot at Work 12. Robert Mondavi: Aiming for the Top 13. Cathy Corison: Women Become Winemakers Notes Sources and Works Cited Index