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Success from grapes chronicled; museum wine lecture is today

It’s wine time at the Museum, as Erik Berg discusses the “Growth, Death, and Rebirth” of the Arizona wine industry during a special lecture presentation at Sharlot Hall Museum.

The 11 a.m. workshop on Saturday, August 19, examines Arizona’s booming wine industry, from almost nothing in the 1970s to its current success with more than 50 wineries and vineyards across the state. The presentation is in connection with the evening’s “Sharlot’s WineFest” fundraiser on the Museum grounds.

Despite its ‘youthful’ success, wine-making in Arizona dates back some 200 years to the Spanish Colonial period, explains Berg, “but is largely forgotten.”

In researching that history, Berg poured over old Arizona land and legal records, newspaper accounts and agricultural reports, as well as conducted interviews with many of the industry pioneers.

His initial work on the history of Arizona winemaking won the prestigious Barry Goldwater Award at the 2016 Arizona History Convention, and his work has appeared in the Journal of Arizona History and Arizona Highways.

Admission to the lecture is free, and will begin promptly at 11 a.m. in the West Gallery of the Museum, 415 West Gurley Street, Prescott. Seating is limited, so plan to arrive early.

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