Synopses & Reviews
Mondavi, Martini, Sebastiani, Gallo, Bargetto and Perelli-Minetti. Who could deny the importance of Italians to the development of America's wine industry? It is little known that Italians have been planting vineyards and making wine in America since the early colonial days when Filippo Mazzei was the vineyard consultant for Thomas Jefferson. Grapes were planted and nurtured in virtually every corner of America where Italians settled. Wine making was as sacrosanct as making bread or pasta. Wine is inseparable from the Italian culture and is loved and revered as the "holy blood of the grape." It is one of the secrets of the healthy Mediterranean life style now preached by health experts.
Here is the story of Italian immigrants whose descendants now dominate American wine making. How they struggled and endured. How they persisted in the face of Prohibition and facilitated legislation permitting home wine making of 200 gallons per family. The intrigue, the feuds, the love affairs and financial triumphs are all in this authenticated history from the earliest days of America to the new Italian/American wine makers such as Francis Ford Coppola.
Dick Rosano, the popular columnist from The Washington Post, provides a good read and a well researched piece of American history.
A fascinating true story of the saga of Italian immigrants in the development of the American wine industry.
Wine Heritage is the story of Italian immigrants whose descendants now dominate American wine making.
About the Author
Dick Rosano is a wine, food, and travel writer with long-running columns in the Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, Wine News, and other magazines and he is the author of Tuscan Blood. He speaks regularly on the radio and at conferences on wine and food, and has been the Rosano family winemaker for more than 30 years.