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!


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)


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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