California wine is well-known for its quality in diverse regions, from famous Napa and Sonoma to sunny Paso Robles and the foggy Mendocino coast. Few realize how surprisingly early the wine industry began in California by 1831, in a place unrecognizable today. The 1976 Judgment of Paris showed the venerable French establishment that California wine can easily compete with the most prestigious wines of Bordeaux and Bourgogne. This lecture looks at some of this fascinating history and arguably some of the best wines in California.
Dr. Patrick Hunt is an award-winning archaeologist and historian who has been teaching Humanities at Stanford University for the past 28 years. His Ph.D. is from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, University of London in 1991. He has been a National Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America since 2009 and an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 1989 as well as an elected Fellow of the Explorers Club New York. National Geographic Expedition Council has sponsored some of his archaeology fieldwork. He appears frequently on National Geographic
, PBS, NOVA
and History Channel broadcasts.
Dr. Hunt has taught postgraduate courses on the history of wine at Stanford and elsewhere. He has lectured at wineries and related venues around the world, including for the Napa Valley Vintners Association at Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, Napa Valley, Carmel-Monterey vintners/wine merchants and the Institute of Masters of Wine. Among over 100 published articles, he has also written on global wine history and wine mythology as well as written and published 23 books, several of them bestsellers. His wine journeys have been across five continents and he annually spends time in viticultural regions in France, Italy and the Rhine or California. Having studied the cultivation and multiple purposes of wine and grapes and early agriculture since the Neolithic, he is also a Research Associate in Archeoethnobotany at the Institute for EthnoMedicine. His book Wine Journeys: Myth and History
was published in 2013 and he is currently working on another wine history book for Bloomsbury among other forthcoming books.
This program is underwritten by Miriam Engel and by Leah and Ralph Bernstein.
Attendance is free with registration.
If you have specific questions for Dr. Hunt about wine in CA, you can email them ahead of time to Michelle Rosengaus at [email protected]
Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the John R. Schwabacher Family, Diane and Jon Claerbout in memory of their beloved son Jos, as well as the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. We are grateful for the generous support of all our donors.
Tuesday, March 30
On Zoom. Pre-register to get the link.
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | [email protected]