The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History is 50 years old this year. As part of the birthday celebrations, the museum’s food and wine history project will host a discussion of “Fifty Years of American Winemaking” on Wednesday, October 29, from 2-3 p.m.
I will moderate the discussion along with Paula Johnson, who heads the team that brought us the marvelous exhibit, “FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000.” If you haven’t seen that exhibit, you should – it includes Julia Child’s kitchen as well as a fascinating section on the growth of the U.S. wine industry.
Our discussion on the 29th will include representatives of pioneering wine families from the 1960s who helped shape American wine as we know it today: Robert M. Cook of Chalone Vineyard in California, Fred Frank of Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars in the Finger Lakes; Jason Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards in Oregon, Kathleen Heitz Myers of Heitz Cellars in Napa, and Jeffrey Patterson of California’s Mount Eden Vineyards.
The discussion will be held in the American History Museum’s Warner Bros. Theater. There’s no wine tasting, unfortunately, but admission is free. They do request you register, however, to be assured of seating. Here are the details.