Roundup: March 8, 2017

Almansor Court – 700 S. Almansor, Alhambra, CA.
Social Hour: 5:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM

Our Speaker: Thomas Pinney
Subject: Los Angeles: City of Vines; Winemaking in Los Angelse

Making wine in a coastal desert?? The role of the Los Angeles region in the history of viticulture and winemaking has almost been forgotten and has certainly been diminished. Los Angeles is where it all began, and where, for many years, most California wine originated. The entire California wine industry descends directly from Los Angeles.

Thomas Pinney has had a distinguished 35 year academic career at Pomona College, now emeritus professor of English, having previously held positions at Hamilton College and at Yale. He has published scholarly works on George Eliot, Thomas Babington Macaulay, and Rudyard Kipling. [“I say, 'Do you like Kipling? I don't know; I've never kipled' ”.] Never having kippled, but most likely having tippled, Pinney has avocationally written about American wine history, including a two-volume History of Wine in America (University of California Press) and a forth-coming history of winemaking in the Los Angeles region, from which his talk is derived.

Factoid: Who was Mesnager and name more than one L.A. area feature named after him.

Late-Breaking News and Crystal Ball Gazing/Upcoming Speakers

   This space will be reserved for newsworthy events, policy changes, earth-shaking announcements, necrology, and the like. Send to your Deputy Sheriff, Steve Kanter,

The speaker roster through next February, 2018 has been locked in and will be published on website once titles of presentations are firm. Stay tuned.

4/12/17—Gary Keyes-Enemy in the Foothills

5/10/17—Alan Pollack—Saint Francis Dam—It Keeps on Rolling

                           and then, ….

Department of Perpetual Nagging

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