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December's Pick of the Month: Pennsylvania Wine: A History

Written by witf.org, | Dec 10, 2012 4:38 PM

In Pennsylvania Wine: A History, veteran wine journalists Hudson Cattell and Linda Jones McKee offer more than just a taste of the complex story of the Pennsylvania wine industry.

From the Delaware River to Lake Erie, Pennsylvania’s fields and hillsides are home to a rich tradition of winemaking. Though both William Penn and Benjamin Franklin advocated for the production of wine, not until 1787 did Pierre Legaux found the first commercial vineyard in the state and the nation. Cattell and McKee trace the industry’s development from its humble beginnings to the Alexander grape’s discovery, from the 19th-century boom of Erie County wineries to Prohibition’s challenges, and from the 1970s new farm wineries to the present day.

McKee is co-owner of Tamanend Winery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and has judged professionally in national and international wine competitions.  Cattell has written extensively on the history of wine and the wine industry in eastern North America.

At 2012’s 3rd Annual Harrisburg Book Festival, Cattell and McKee discussed the Keystone State’s distinctive wine regions before a live studio audience at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. Their interview with PCN-tv’s Brian Lockman will air on “PA Books” this winter.

Signed copies of their paperback book, just published by The History Press, are available at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore and online at MidtownScholar.com.


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