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by Fred McMillin
Annie, Fanny and Jamie
Robert Louis Stevenson at Schramsberg (1880)
"Stout, smiling Mrs. [Annie] Schram, who had been to Europe and apparently all about the States for pleasure, entertained Fanny [Mrs. Stevenson] in the veranda, while I tasted...every variety and shade of Schramberger [sic]...The stirring sunlight, and the growing vines, and the vats and bottles in the cavern, made a pleasant music for the mind."
...from Stevenson's Silverado Squatters
What an ideal start for a marriage. The literary giant and Fanny had been married but nine days. Life couldn't be better? HARDLY!
...Joan Dutton's They Left Their Mark
Jamie and Jack Davies at Schramsberg
So much for the early days of Jacob Schram's pioneering winery. The Davies acquired Schramsberg in 1965, and set out to create a world class sparkling wine worthy of the Schram legacy. The breakthrough came seven years later, when author Robert Balzer reported the stunning development that Schramsberg was suddenly inundated with orders. The reason? In Beijing, President Nixon had hosted Premier Chou En-lai with what Time Magazine called "a scarce California label" sparkling wine. It was the 1969 vintage of Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs...and President Jamie Davis' latest release of the Blancs is today's wine.
1996 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs
MemoriesMy wife and I had the pleasure of discussing the winery's history with Jamie and Jack Davies over lunch not too long before Jack's shocking death last year. Jamie is now the president, and VERY active, as was Annie who ran things when her husband was gone cutting hair.
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