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By Vivienne Sosnowski

While Prohibition took impact in 1920, just a couple of months after one of many maximum California grape harvests of all time, violence and chaos descended on Northern California. Federal brokers spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of wine within the rivers and creeks, gun battles erupted on darkish state roads, and native legislation enforcement officers—sympathetic to their winemaking neighbors—found how you can stonewall the intruding professionals. For the state's winemaking families—many of them immigrants from Italy—surviving Prohibition intended dealing with a very important decision—give up their idyllic method of life, or holiday the law to allow their livelihood to continue to exist. Sosnowski’s intimate historical past offers us with a brand new view into Prohibition the United States, clear of the flappers and speakeasys of Chicago and manhattan, and into the beautiful hills and valleys of wine state, the place households concealed vintages and prayed for the times once they might resume the craft that they enjoyed. while the Rivers Ran pink tells of the extreme adventures of the stalwart efforts of immigrant families—the Seghesios, the Foppianos, the Nichelinis and the Cuneos—who stored one in all America’s so much cherished traditions.

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26 Fortunately, September brought a glimmer of hope: Word from the vineyards was that the harvest, while light, was of excellent quality. At the Beaulieu Vineyards, proprietor George de Latour was pleased with the grapes and the wine that was being made from them. After he had 160,000 gallons of new dry wines settling in his tanks, he started manufacturing sweet wine. His vines, too, had suffered terribly from the May frosts, but he had put an army of men to work immediately cropping or stripping the injured vines.

In 2007, the 97-year-old veteran winemaker Louis J. Foppiano, looking back at those times, said: “Prohibition? ” Foppiano had always had a strong head for business and an ability to make connections around the country to sell the family’s wine. He had been a leader among winemakers, jump-starting California’s interest in Petite Sirah by calling it “noble” and making sure others saw it the same way. He remembered that many in the wine industry thought Prohibition “might last a few months, if ever, and then things would get back to normal.

William, at 28 the oldest son, had lost his young wife to influenza a year before, just days after she gave birth to twins; the infant boy and girl joined a sister 18 months older. The couple had only just I 18 When the Rivers Ran Red saved enough to leave the bustling Nichelini homestead in Chiles Valley and settle at the north end of Napa Valley, where William was the proprietor of a garage in the tiny historic hot-springs resort town of Calistoga. And then, only months after losing his wife, William lost his baby daughter to what a contemporary account called getting “the phlegm in her throat”—probably the flu or pneumonia.

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