by Fred McMillin
A Titanic Pick
The Titanic sank on this date, April 15, in 1912.
The Rest of the Story
As I contemplate the movie, and the actual event, I want to sip something from a California winery that was doing well at the time of the tragedy. Let's go back a few years.
The Paris Exposition of 1900
Competing with Europe's best, American wines were on the rise. While two decades earlier they had won but two awards, in 1900 they won three dozen medals. Among the medalists was Sonoma County's Gundlach-Bundschu.
The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition at San Francisco
Celebrating the newly-opened Panama Canal, the Exposition brought vintners and their wives to be wined and dined by local producers. One of the leading hosts was none other than Charles Bundschu. As part of his tribute to the visitors, he even composed new words to a popular song, which started:
You've brought with you much mirth and glee--Upidee, Upida! and went on to praise the delegates and their wives, as "the jolliest crowd we've met in our lives."
So I'm pulling a bottle of Gundlach-Bundschu '95 Merlot out of my cellar tonight. I hope your wine shop still has some. If not, phone Jeff or Rob Bundschu and plead...(707) 938-5277.
Regarding 1912, there were other headlines of interest besides the Titanic tragedy. The first "successful" (yikes!) parachute jump was made. A new wrapping was developed, called cellophane. In California, a grocery store for the first time permitted customers to pick their own groceries off the shelves. and regarding the movies, their popularity was enormous; U.S.A. attendance that year was about five million.
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