What makes the Sonoma County so special to wine? The boom and bust history is long and surprising... 1812 – Russian Colonists planted grapes. 1855 – Buena Vista Winery founded . 1873 – Worldwide outbreak of phylloxera destroys vineyards. Years of rebuilding and by 1920 there were 256 wineries. Then Prohibition wiped out all but 50. But since you could make 200 gal of wine for your home, the production area of wine grapes tripled in spite of the closings. Americans were making homemade wine like crazy, and Sonoma grapes shipped as far away as New York. Prohibition was the father of the modern Sonoma wine industry. Area under production did not exceed Prohibition levels until the 1980's.
Confused? Come join us at Cork & Co. for our first wine class of our 2013 series and enjoy 4 top Sonoma wines with some yummy cheese trays. Your Austin Wine Taster member Sommelier Aaron (Penguin) will be pouring. Cost is $25 and seating is limited to 12. Pay at the official link below to guarantee a seat, or RSVP here and pay at the door.