The 1960s are a disastrous decade for York Winery – from Gold Medals to snow storms.

1960

York Winery was awarded a gold medal for Zinfandel on the 16th day of September 1960 by the Los Angeles County Fair Association in Pomona California. It was signed by the Superintendent, Wine Department George D. Hussey.

1962

Invasion of deer destroy vineyards at York Winery.

1964

Tornado hits York Mountain and rips off the roof of the winery, damaging one fermentation tank and destroying the other.

1968

Snow storm on York Mountain damages Zinfandel grapes.

1970

Wilfrid (Bill) York sells York Winery, established in 1882 and owned by three generation of Yorks, to wine maker, Max Goldman, who renamed it York Mountain Winery.

CALIFORNIA WINE REVOLUTION OF THE 1960s
California Wines have come of age; the best match the quality, character and flavor of find European wines.

OUTSTANDING WINES OF 1960
Guide to California Wines – A Practical Reference Book for Wine Lovers
by John Melville, Wine Travel Writer

California Red Table Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon

(premier claret type wine in California)

Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County VINTAGE
Beaulieu Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve, Napa County VINTAGE
Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County VINTAGE
Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County VINTAGE
Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County VINTAGE
Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve, Napa County VINATAGE
Souverain Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County
Almaden Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Clara County
Gemello Cabernet, Santa Clara County
Paul Masson Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Clara County
Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Clara County VINTAGE
Martin Ray Cabernet Mariage, Santa Clara County
Hallcrest Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz County VINTAGE
Wine by Wheeler (Nicasio Vineyards) Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz County VINTAGE

Zinfandel

(typical California red table wine of better than average quality, fruity and zestful)

Buena Vista Zinfandel, Sonoma County
Charles Krug Zinfandel, Napa County
Louis Martini Mountain Zinfandel, Napa County VINTAGE
Souverain Cellars Mountain Zinfandel. Napa County
Cadenasso Zinfandel, Solano County
Digardi Zinfandel, Contra Costa County
Mirassou Zinfandel, Santa Clara County
San Martin Zinfandel, Santa Clara County
Wine by Wheeler (Nicasio Vineyards) Zinfandel, Santa Cruz County VINTAGE
York Mountain Zinfandel, San Luis Obispo County
Assumption Abbey Zinfandel, San Bernardino County
Cucamonga Winery Zinfandel, San Bernardino County

Pinot Noir

(the great red burgundy type wine)

Buena Vista Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
Beaulieu Beaumont Pinot Noir, Napa County VINTAGE
Inglenook Pinot Noir, Napa County VINTAGE
Louis Martini Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa County VINTAGE
Weibel Pinot Noir, Alameda County
Almaden Pinot Noir, Santa Clara County
Paul Masson Pinot Noir, Santa Clara County
Martin Ray Pinot Noir, Santa Clara County VINTAGE

Gamay

(the Beaujolais type wine)

Inglenook Gamay, Napa County VINTAGE
Charles Krug Gamay, Napa County VINTAGE
Digardi Mountain Gamay, Contra Costa County
Paul Masson Gamay Beaujolais, Santa Clara County

Barbera

(full flavored Italian type wine)

Sebastiani Barbera, Sonoma County
Louis Martini Mountain Barbera, Napa County VINTAGE
Cucamonga Winery Barbera, San Bernardino County

Grignolino

(light colored red wine of Italian origin)

Brendel’s “Only One” Grignolino, Napa County
Cadenasso Grignolino, Solana County
Cucamonga Winery Grignolino, San Bernardino County

Charbono

(Soft Italian type red table wine of Piedmontese region)

Inglenook Charbono, Napa County VINTAGE
Digardi Charbono, Contra Costa County

California White Table Wines

Sauvignon Blanc

(the more aromatic of the Sauternes type wine)

Concannon Sauvignon Blanc, Alameda County VINTAGE
Wente Bros. Sauvignon Blanc, Alameda County VINTAGE
Beaulieu Chateau Bealieu, Napa County
Charles Krug Sweet Sauvignon Blanc, Napa County
Novitiate of Los Gatos Chateau Novitiate, Santa Clara County

Semillon

(fruity and flavorful wine of the Sauternes type)

Concannon Dry Semillon, Alameda County
Cresta Blanca Premier Semillon, Alameda County
Wente Bros. Dry Semillon, Alameda County
Beaulieu Dry Sauternes, Napa County
Charles Krug Sweet Semillon, Napa County
Louis Martini Mountain Dry Semillon VINTAGE
Almaden Dry Semillon, Santa Clara County
Paul Masson Semillon, Santa Clara County
Paul Masson Chateau Masson (Sweet Semillon) Santa Clara County

Chardonnay

(the Chablis and White Burgundy type wine)

Wente Bros. Pinot Chardonnay, Alameda County VINTAGE
Beaulieu Beaufort Pinot Chardonnay, Napa County VINTAGE
Inglenook Pinot Chardonnay, Napa County
Mayacamas Chardonnay, Napa County VINTAGE
Almaden Pinot Chardonnay, Santa Clara County
Paul Masson Pinot Chardonnay, Santa Clara County
Martin Ray Chardonnay, Santa Clara County VINTAGE
Wine by Wheeler (Nicasio Vineyards) Chardonnay, Santa Cruz County VINTAGE

Pinot Blanc

(White Burgundy type from the Pinot Blanc Grape)

Wente Bros. Pinot Blanc, Alameda County VINTAGE
Almaden Pinot Blanc, Santa Clara County
Novitiate of Los Gatos Pinot Blanc, Santa Clara County

Chenin Blanc

(Vouvray type wine from Chenin Blanc or Pineau de la Loire grapes)

Inglenook White Pinot, Napa County VINTAGE
Charles Krug Chenin Blanc, Napa County
Charles Krug White Pinot, Napa County
Louis Martini White Pinot, Napa County VINTAGE
Mayacamas White Pinot, Napa County VINTAGE
Souverain Cellars White Pinot, Napa County

Folle Blanche

(from Folle Blanche grape, a fresh light luncheon wine)

Louis Martini Folle Blanche, Napa California VINTAGE

White Riesling or Johannisberg Riesling

(the premier California wine of the Rhine wine order)

White Riesling Johannisberger, Sonoma County VINTAGE
Beaulieu Beauclair Johannisberg Riesling, Napa County VINTAGE
Louis Martini Mountain Johannisberg Riesling, Napa County VINTAGE
Souverain Cellars Johannisberg Riesling, Napa County
Almaden Johannisberg Riesling, Santa Clara County
Mirassou White Riesling, Santa Clara County
Hallcrest White Riesling, Santa Cruz County VINTAGE
Wine by Wheeler (Nicasio Vineyards) Johannisberg Riesling VINTAGE

Traminer and Gewurtramier

(aromatic wine of the Alsatian type from the Traminer grape)

Buena Vista Traminer, Sonoma County VINTAGE
Inglenook Traminer, Napa County VINTAGE
Charles Krug Traminer, Napa County
Louis Martini Mountain Gewurztraminer, Napa County
Almaden Traminer, Santa Clara County

Sylvaner

(light wine of the Alsatian order from Franken Riesling grapes)

Buena Vista Sylvaner, Sonoma County VINTAGE
Louis Martini Mountain Sylvaner, Napa County VINTAGE
Souverain Cellars, Napa County
Almaden Sylvaner, Santa Clara County
Mirassou Sylvaner, Santa Clara County

Grey Riesling

(light wine from Grey Riesling or Chauche gris grapes)

Charles Krug Grey Riesling, Napa County
Wente Bros. Grey Riesling, Alameda County
Weibel Grey Riesling, Alameda County
Almaden Grey Riesling, Santa Clara County

Malvasia Bianca

(light sweet wine from Malvasia Bianca grape)

San Martin Malvasia Bianca, Santa Clara County