Coca-Cola buys Monterey Vineyard
Bottle of Wine Sells for $28,000
President serves California wines to the Chinese Premier
And the foremost consulting enologist in Bordeaux says, “Winemaking is the work of an artist. It’s a creation. It’s not the vineyard which creates the wine; it is the person at the château who creates the wine.”
All of the above is true. You may be surprised to learn that it all happened in 1979. I was leafing through old issues of Wine Spectator and was reminded about “the good old days.” Sprinkled in were photographs and stories of some of the legendary people and otherwise of yesteryear.
(By the way, Coca-Cola soon sold its entire wine business, the President was Jimmy Carter, and the quotation is from famed Bordeaux enologist Emile Peynaud. As for the $28,000 bottle--well, you can look it up!)
Here are more people who made news in 1979. Do any of them ring a bell?
Leon D. Adams
Professor Maynard Amerine
Robert Lawrence Balzer
Louis M. Martini
Certainly an eclectic group. Mainly California heirlooms, but then, Wine Spectator was mainly a California wine newspaper in those days.
If you can remember these individuals--some famous, some obscure--you’re showing your age. Many of them bring back fond memories to me. Wine has a rich history.
If you have memories you would like to share about these people, or those days, I invite your comments.
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