We all know know that California wines have achieved international recognition, but John Briscoe’s Crush gives us a broader understanding of the complex path the industry took to get there. By taking a multidimensional look at the social, political, cultural, legal, and viticultural elements of the progress of California winemaking over several centuries, Briscoe brings vivid detail to the tale. Timed to the height of the grape harvest, this evening will have special meaning for wine country denizens.
Local Joanell Serra has written her debut novel and our Sonoma audience will best recognize the truth behind this romantic tale of wine, family, and family history. Uriel Macon, winemaker and widower, is content to live his life quietly with his vines and horses until the past comes to meet him in the form of Amanda Scanlon, an ex-lover who left Sonoma years ago. Amanda returns because of a family crisis, including finding out hard truths about her parentage. The complex ties of family, love, and grapes planted long ago will hook you in.