The lack of pure water was one of the several things that resulted in the development of wine as a source of potable liquid for human intake. Putting that aspect of human history in a time and place in relation to social and political events, and the tracing of the different varietals of wine is the topic of this edition of Radio Curious.
Our guest is Glenn McGourty, the Winegrowing and Plant Science Advisor at the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources located in the hills a few miles northeast of Hopland, in rural Mendocino County, California. This locale has been called the university of our back yard by many of us who live nearby.
Glenn McGourty’s specialty is the history of wine and it’s evolution–how so many varietals came to be and were further developed. When Glenn McGourty visited the Radio Curious studios on October 18, 2016, we began our conversation with his reflections on the history wine making.
The book Glenn McGourty recommends is “Cold Mountain,” by Charles Frazier.
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