Thursday, 1 August 2013

A Walk Down Memory Lane (4): Wine tasting at the Inglenook Winery in 1978

My first and only visit to the beautiful Inglenook Winery in Napa Valley - now owned an operated by Francis Coppola - took place in 1978. The winery had been founded 99 years earlier by the legendary Finnish Sea Captain Gustave Ferdinand Niebaum (originally Nybom), who already in the late 19th century managed to create world class wines, winning gold medals at the Paris World Fair in 1889.

At the time of my visit the brand and the winery was owned by Heublein Inc. which unfortunately was to start selling cheaper wines produced elsewhere under the name Inglenook. Fortunately Francis Coppola was in 2011 able to acquire the brand and the winery, which again produces some of the best (organic) wines in Napa Valley.

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