by Fred McMillin
for July 14, 1997
The Price of Wine
Prologue: Jackson, Cal., Nov. 18,1865, Newspaper Ad
J. Pitois' White Wine!!
...from Eric Costa's "Old Vines"
The Rest of the Story: So, the first Jackson-area wine advertized was the 1865 Pitois White. It was well received and the next year he increased production to 1,500 gallons. Now, let's fast forward to one of the newest, well-received, Jackson whites, the 1996 Clos du Lac dessert Muscat. Winemaker Francoise Cordesse used his best French touch on this one. It's headed for medals, and hopefully, for your dinner table.
1996 Vin Doux Naturel Muscat, Sierra Foothills
Postscript: Nine years before the Pitois ad, digging started at the historic Kennedy Gold Mine. It's near the winery's picnic grounds, and will add an exciting feel for the Gold Rush that jump-started the area's wine industry...guided tours on weekends.
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