This book focuses on the wine history of Los Angeles from its origins in the late 18th Century in an isolated pueblo as it developed under the flags of Spain, Mexico, and the United States. From rural beginnings with Mission grapes used for the production of claret, port, sherry, and angelica to the development of a world-renowned wine trade, this book traces the Los Angeles wine industry through the 1950s. It is an important book for those who want to learn about how the wine industry developed in California.

The City of Vines: A History of Wine in Los Angeles was the winner of the 2016 California Historical Society Book Award.