The film includes historic footage and interviews with the wine industry legends of the Russian River Valley AVA. More than a documentary, this inspiring, and dramatic historical narrative begins with the Italian Himmigration during the 1860’s, and their acquisition of vineyards and wineries. When the wine business is devastated by prohibition, some of these families abandon grapes and wine; others continue selling grapes as bootlegging flourishes. Repeal of prohibition is followed by the Great Depression as the growers and winemakers continue to struggle through an era where large wineries emerge and compete ferociously to control what becomes known as the “Bulk Wine Business”. During this period, small, independent winemakers move into Sonoma County and a partnership between an evicted winemaker, a young farmer with a hop-growing background, and a businessman from the South Bay leads to a winemaking revolution as The Russian River Valley emerges as the source of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in the world.
See our Reviews: Wines and Vine, Washington DC Review, The Georgetown Dish,
Angelina Lopez Review, and Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews.
A Film, Wine, and Food Event
September 14, 2013
Wine Reception 6:00 P.M. featuring
Russian River Valley Wines from Ancient Oak Cellars & Old World Winery
Food pairings by David Haydon
From Obscurity to Excellence: The Story of Grapes & Wine in the Russian River Valley at 7:00 P.M.
Il Davide has been voted "Best Italian Restaurant in Marin" by Pacific Sun readers and a Marin favorite over 16 years! Chef David Haydon has created an ambitious menu selection that includes house made pastas, salads, natural meats, sustainable fish and small plates with a contemporary and classic style. We have always supported local farmers and producers. The atmosphere is casual and the nearby parking across the street and next door makes for a great meeting place for family and friends. See you there!
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