When Our Vineyards Were First Planted -or- Vines As Old As False Teeth

As with pretty much everyone at Ridge, my boss is an avid accumulator of strange wine arcana; Ridge-wise and otherwise.

Fortunately, he is great about sending on his findings.

When I recently returned from a couple days camping in the redwoods, I found the following in my inbox (thanks to Ryan Moore for passing these lovely bits of history on!); a collection of historical events that took place the same years that our estate vineyards were planted.

Check it out, we’re as old as False Teeth!

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Old Patch, Geyserville

1882 (the year vines were first planted at Geyserville):
Mar 9th – False teeth patented
Apr 3rd – Outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford.
Aug 3rd – Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration
Oct 6th – 1st World Series game, Cincinnati (AA) beats Chicago (NL) 4-0

1885 (Monte Bello, original vines):
Feb 18th – Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” published
May 19th – 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)
Jun 17th – Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC aboard French ship `Isere’

1901 (the first vines go in the ground at Lytton Springs):
Jun 24th – 1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso, 19, opens in Paris
Jul 12th – Cy Young wins his 300th game
Sep 1st – Construction begins on NY Stock Exchange
Sep 6th – Pres William McKinley, shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz, he dies 8th days later
Oct 24th – 1st woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)

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If you’d like to know a bit more about Ridge’s rather singular history, you might want to check out the timeline on our website; you can find it here.



Categories: History, Lytton Springs, Monte Bello, Ridge Memorabilia, Vineyards and Oenology, Viticultural Salmagundi

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