Wines Of Eastern North America: From Prohibition to the Present—A History and Desk Reference by Hudson CattellWines Of Eastern North America: From Prohibition to the Present—A History and Desk Reference by Hudson Cattell

Wines Of Eastern North America: From Prohibition to the Present—A History and Desk Reference

byHudson Cattell

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In 1975 there were 125 wineries in eastern North America. By 2013 there were more than 2,400. How and why the eastern United States and Canada became a major wine region of the world is the subject of this history. Unlike winemakers in California with its Mediterranean climate, the pioneers who founded the industry after Prohibition—1933 in the United States and 1927 in Ontario—had to overcome natural obstacles such as subzero cold in winter and high humidity in the summer that favored diseases devastating to grapevines. Enologists and viticulturists at Eastern research stations began to find grapevine varieties that could survive in the East and make world-class wines. These pioneers were followed by an increasing number of dedicated growers and winemakers who fought in each of their states to get laws dating back to Prohibition changed so that an industry could begin.

Hudson Cattell, a leading authority on the wines of the East, in this book presents a comprehensive history of the growth of the industry from Prohibition to today. He draws on extensive archival research and his more than thirty-five years as a wine journalist specializing in the grape and wine industry of the wines of eastern North America. The second section of the book adds detail to the history in the form of multiple appendixes that can be referred to time and again. Included here is information on the origin of grapes used for wine in the East, the crosses used in developing the French hybrids and other varieties, how the grapes were named, and the types of wines made in the East and when. Cattell also provides a state-by-state history of the earliest wineries that led the way.

About The Author

Hudson Cattell cofounded and edited Wine East magazine for more than twenty-five years and continues to contribute a "Wine East" section to Wines & Vines. He is a partner of L & H Photojournalism in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and has written extensively on Eastern grapes and wines. His most recent book, written with Linda Jones McKee,...
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Title:Wines Of Eastern North America: From Prohibition to the Present—A History and Desk ReferenceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.39 inPublished:January 28, 2014Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801451981

ISBN - 13:9780801451980

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. Prohibition and Its Aftermath

2. Philip Wagner and the Arrival of the French Hybrids

3. Dr. Konstantin Frank and Pro-Vinifera Crusade

4. Vineyards and Wineries before Farm Winery Legislation

5. Farm Winery Laws and Their Effects

6. The Industry Develops in the 1970s

7. Building the Infrastructure in the 1970s

8. Winery Events and Marketing in the 1970s

9. Growing Pains in the 1980s

10. Wine Promotion in the 1980s

11. Temperance, Neo-Prohibition, and the French Paradox

12. Consolidation in the 1990s

13. The New Century


A: The Origins of Eastern Wine Grapes
B: How the French Hybrids Were Named
C: Five Historic Grapevine Acquisitions during the 1930s and 1940s
D: Eastern Wine Types
E: Early Wine History, State by State F: The First American Wine Course
G: American Viticultural Areas in the East

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"During the last several decades, wineries in the eastern region of the United States have become an increasingly important part of the American wine industry as quality has increased and cost has declined making them economically viable producers. Hudson Cattell tells the fascinating story of the development of the eastern segment of the American wine industry from repeal of Prohibition to the present, providing a captivating historical account of the economic, political, social, and environmental forces, as well as the people, that shaped it. This definitive volume on the history of North American wine is a must-read for anyone interested in the American wine industry. The detailed appendixes and extensive bibliography make it an invaluable reference book in the personal libraries of wine enthusiasts."—James A. Thornton, Eastern Michigan University, author of American Wine Economics