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The sparkling wines of California rival the best French Champagnes today, but their place at our tables came about through careful craftsmanship that began more than a century ago. The predecessor of todayandrsquo;s California bubbly was Eclipse Champagne, the first commercially successful California sparkling wine, produced by Arpad Haraszthy in the mid- to late nineteenth century. In A Toast to Eclipse, Brian McGinty offers a definitive history of the wine, exploring Californiaandrsquo;s winemaking past and two of the people who put the stateandrsquo;s varietal wines on the map: Arpad and his father Agoston Haraszthy, the legendary andldquo;father of California viticulture.andrdquo;

Inspired by his fatherandrsquo;s dream of making California one of the worldandrsquo;s great viticultural regions, Arpad Haraszthy (1840andndash;1900) pursued that goal at a time when the best grapes for making California wine had yet to be discovered, when the best locations for vineyards had not yet been established, and when the public could hardly believe that good wine could be made in a country overrun with gold miners and desperados. As a young man, Arpad spent two years in the Champagne country of northeastern France, studying the classic methods of French sparkling wine manufacture, before bringing his knowledge home to California.

As McGinty shows, the story of the award-winning wine Haraszthy created is also the story of San Francisco during its heyday as the largest, most dynamic city in the American West. McGinty reveals new information about California varietals and winemaking districts, and probes the controversy about whether Agoston Haraszthy introduced the Zinfandel grape to the Golden State. Aficionados of wine and of California history will find this narrative insightful and refreshing, and all readers will gain an appreciation for Arpad Haraszthy, Eclipse, and the delicate process of making a wine sparkle.

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In A Toast to Eclipse, Brian McGinty offers a definitive history of the sparkling wines of California, exploring the stateandrsquo;s winemaking past and two of the people who put the stateandrsquo;s varietal wines on the map: Arpad and his father Agoston Haraszthy, the legendary andldquo;father of California viticulture.andrdquo; Inspired by his fatherandrsquo;s dream of making California one of the worldandrsquo;s great viticultural regions, Arpad Haraszthy (1840andndash;1900) pursued that goal at a time when the best grapes for making California wine had yet to be discovered, when the best locations for vineyards had not yet been established. Aficionados of wine and of California history will find this narrative insightful and refreshing, and all readers will gain an appreciation for Arpad Haraszthy, Eclipse, and the delicate process of making a wine sparkle.

About the Author

Brian McGinty is an attorney and historian who specializes in American history, wine, and law. He is the author of nine books, including Strong Wine: The Life and Legend of Agoston Haraszthy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806142487
Author:
Mcginty, Brian
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
McGinty, Brian
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Wines of the World
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 bandw illus.
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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In A Toast to Eclipse, Brian McGinty offers a definitive history of the sparkling wines of California, exploring the stateandrsquo;s winemaking past and two of the people who put the stateandrsquo;s varietal wines on the map: Arpad and his father Agoston Haraszthy, the legendary andldquo;father of California viticulture.andrdquo; Inspired by his fatherandrsquo;s dream of making California one of the worldandrsquo;s great viticultural regions, Arpad Haraszthy (1840andndash;1900) pursued that goal at a time when the best grapes for making California wine had yet to be discovered, when the best locations for vineyards had not yet been established. Aficionados of wine and of California history will find this narrative insightful and refreshing, and all readers will gain an appreciation for Arpad Haraszthy, Eclipse, and the delicate process of making a wine sparkle.

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