Author: Cindy Lambert

Artifact Donations to the Dana Adobe

The Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County is always looking for places to showcase the wonderful historic objects which contributed to the settlement of California and the development of a wine culture in the county. What better place than one of the earliest Ranchos in the area? The Mexican government controlled Alta California from 1832 to 1846. The settlement of the this California territory was encouraged by granting large land areas to native-born and naturalized Mexican citizens. These land grants granted permanent ownership to male citizens. Mexico issued 27 permanent land grants between 1833 and 1846. These ranchos with land boundaries were mapped and became the basis for the California land survey system. The ranchos were devoted to raising cattle and sheep and agriculture.

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Thank You Gail Unzelman And Ernest Peninou: Unpublished Files Lead To Fascinating SLO County Discoveries

Grapes are a significant part of California’s agricultural products, and of much importance to the economy of the state. Presently, California produces 85% of all wine produced in the United States. Currently the state can be divided into five wine-growing regions: North Coast, Sierra Foothills, Inland Valleys, South Coast, and finally, California’s Central Coast from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay.

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To Plow Or Not To Plow

The horse drawn plow. We’ve all seen it, at least in photographs in the history books. There’s a sort of magic to the image of plowing the land. An illusion mostly. Eventually the horse drawn plow was replaced with engine power. Why?

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WHP Enology Collection Objects: #3 Sikes’ Hydrometer

The science series of the Wine History Project continues with an article about the hydrometer, and specifically the Sikes’ hydrometer that is part of our important collection of objects of all things related to wine. This is the third object to be researched of the six object which we have collected relating to enology.

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