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How did California’s wine industry grow into the international powerhouse it is today? Join us as wine historian James Lapsley takes us on a journey from the days of the Gold Rush, which drove a new thirst for domestic wine, to today’s market of nearly-endless consumer choice. Beautiful vintage wine labels from the collections at the California Historical Society and the UC Davis Library illuminate each chapter in the story of California wine. Following the talk, Darrell Corti will present a tasting of “historical” wines.

About the speaker: James Lapsley is an internationally known author, winemaker, and adjunct associate professor in the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology. He is also a researcher for the University of California’s Agricultural Issues Center, where he studies wine and grape economics. His book, Bottled Poetry, chronicles the history of Napa Valley and the transformation of its wines following the repeal of Prohibition. Lapsley specializes in the history and economics of wine making and marketing.

The History of California Wines in 20 Labels
Featuring Professor Jim Lapsley

Thursday, May 25th, 5:30 PM
Robert Mondavi Institute, Sensory Building
Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater   UC Davis

***21 and Over***