Everest in Chicago, chef Jean Joho reported to Wine & Spirits that his pinot noir
sales doubled in the late 1990s and that it was now ordered by a younger clientele.
At Heartbeat in New York City, wine director David Gordon picked Flowers’ 1996
Camp Meeting Ridge as his single favorite among the 75 wines of all types and re-
gions on the restaurant’s list. Of the pinot noir served in America’s restaurants, 81
percent was American made. By 2002 almost 10 percent of the top-selling winesinAmerican restaurants were bottlings of pinot noir.
Just 25 years ago, only a few
the French govern-
ment for his timely intervention. Both Jaeger and Munson were also
decorated handsomely in recognition of their exertions on behalf of
4 4 4
If Missouri’s place in the history of American viticulture has been ne-
glected, so has the role of the Midwest in general, although American
232 / Missouri
winemaking can be said to have begun there. Every earlier attempt to
grow grapes for wine on the Eastern Seaboard had failed. In his History
of WineinAmerica, Thomas Pinney tells us that Midwest viticulture
started with a
peal of white wines, which now were fresh, aromatic, and fruity rather than flat and ox-
idized. Better practices at every stage of winemaking—picking, crushing, fermenting,
pressing, filtering, and all the other basic processes—were now widespread.17 Leon Adams
thought that this production of “reliably palatable” wines made possible by technological
control was the main reason for the new popularity of wineinAmerica.18 Then there was
the cumulative effect of the advertising of the previous twenty years and more, along with
the slowly widening influence of public
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From the Beginnings to Prohibition 13 (California 1989).
4. Id. at 34-38.
5. "Instructions to Governor Watt," July 24,1621, in John D. Gushing, ed.,
Colony Laws of Virginia, 1619—1660 115 (Michael Glazier 1978).
6. VA General Ass., March 5,1623, Sec. 18, in Gushing at 126.
7. Wayne Curtis, And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten
Cocktails 69—70 (Crown 2006).
8. In 1629, the ship Arabella, which transported Governor Winthrop to Mas-
sachusetts Bay, also brought along "42 tuns of beer, 14 tuns of water, I hogshead
of vinegar, 2
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hibition (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989), 13. Pinney notes
that the French hold their wine production as an advantage over the En-
glish even in the form of chants and taunts such as this one:
Bon Français, quand je bois mon verre
Plein de ce vin couleur de feu
Je songe, en remerciant Dieu
Qu’ils n’en ont pas en Angleterre.
Clearly such an advantage would have been erased with successful English
production in the colonies.
51. Ibid., 13.
52. Ibid., 17.
53. James E. Wilson, Terroir: The Role of Geology, Climate
) plantations followed Haraszthy’s eff orts, spurred in
part by the outbreak of oidium or powdery mildew abroad, a vine disease that affl icted
many of the wine regions of Europe in the mid-1850s. That setback had American vine
growers seeking to fi ll the void: “Bacchus would be compelled to emigrate,” writes Tho-
mas Pinney in A History of WineinAmerica, “and would become an American citizen
with all those Frenchmen and Germans that preceded him. After 1855, under the rallying
cry of ‘California, the vineyard of the world,’ plantings increased by leaps and bounds.”8
ments, 168-72, 253nio8,
254nnuo,n6; wine tonics, 71, 168
health hazards: fetal alcohol syndrome,
161; health claims and, 172; sulfites,
162. See also public health debates
health warnings, on labels, 138, 161—63,
167, 169, 24gn64, 252—53nioo
Healy v. The Beer Institute, 256—^11146
heart disease, 169, 170
Heights (TX), 100
Henderson, Yandell, 91-92, 95, 97
high license laws, 29, 39, 204—5ni36,
A History of WineinAmerica (Pinney), 19203
Hobson, Richard, 51
home cellar exception, Volstead Act, 50,
home manufacture, 55, 59
; its defects are low sugar, low acid, and a powerful musky
aroma. Southerners are loyal to rotundifolia; they usually call it Scuppernong, after only
one of its many varieties. That others may be persuaded to like it is illustrated by the suc-
cess of Paul Garrett’s Virginia Dare wine: before Prohibition, this wine—which began as
a pure Scuppernong product—was said to be the most popular wineinAmerica. But its
popularity meant that it had to be progressively diluted, for there was not enough Scup-
pernong to meet the demand. When the brand was revived after
; later he became governor of Puerto Rico. He ended his days
as a fellow of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara,
where, one hopes, he was pleased to see the many new small wineries developing in
California’s Central Coast region.
2. See, for example, the discussions of Dufour in Indiana, of the French in Alabama, of
the work of the U.S. Patent O‹ce, and other instances of federal support for wine-
growing in Thomas Pinney, A History of WineinAmerica: From the Beginnings to Pro-
hibition (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989