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By Brian McGinty

The gleaming wines of California rival the simplest French Champagnes this day, yet their position at our tables happened via cautious craftsmanship that started greater than a century in the past. The predecessor of today’s California bubbly was once Eclipse Champagne, the 1st commercially profitable California glowing wine, produced through Arpad Haraszthy within the mid- to past due 19th century. In A Toast to Eclipse, Brian McGinty deals a definitive heritage of the wine, exploring California’s winemaking earlier and of the folk who placed the state’s varietal wines at the map: Arpad and his father Agoston Haraszthy, the mythical “father of California viticulture.”

Inspired by way of his father’s dream of creating California one of many world’s nice viticultural areas, Arpad Haraszthy (1840–1900) pursued that target at a time whilst the simplest grapes for making California wine had but to be stumbled on, while the simplest destinations for vineyards had now not but been confirmed, and whilst the general public may well hardly ever think that reliable wine will be made in a rustic overrun with gold miners and desperados. As a tender guy, Arpad spent years within the Champagne kingdom of northeastern France, learning the vintage tools of French glowing wine manufacture, earlier than bringing his wisdom domestic to California.

As McGinty exhibits, the tale of the award-winning wine Haraszthy created is additionally the tale of San Francisco in the course of its heyday because the greatest, such a lot dynamic urban within the American West. McGinty finds new information regarding California varietals and winemaking districts, and probes the debate approximately even if Agoston Haraszthy brought the Zinfandel grape to the Golden country. Aficionados of wine and of California heritage will locate this narrative insightful and fresh, and all readers will achieve an appreciation for Arpad Haraszthy, Eclipse, and the fragile means of creating a wine sparkle.

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