by Fred McMillin
Hurrah for Syrah
Frona Eunice Wait was born August 19,1859 in Woodland, California. She became a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner, and later wrote "the first book about California wines" exactly 110 years ago. Here are two passages from her landmark Wines & Vines of California, 1889, that serve to introduce today's fine wine.
The wines of El Dorado County, "many of which are of exquisite aroma and bouquet..."
The Rest of the Story
Hence, today's wine is an El Dorado Syrah. It's the best California Syrah we've tasted this year.
1997 Syrah, Red Rock Ridge (pictured), El Dorado County
Credits—Research by Diane Bulzomi
Ms. Wait was a tireless promoter of California wines, and early in her book notes that Golden State shipments to the Atlantic Coast already equal the amount of wine brought in from France.
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