They arrive in boxes, albums and frames, a little ragged and faded. Each
spring, bits of Wine Country history migrate to museums and libraries as
longtime wineries and family members clean out dusty attics and musty bureau
They come from places like Simi Winery and pioneering wine families such as
the Nagasawas and Vercellis - private photographs that candidly tell a visual
history of Wine Country as seen through the eyes of its founders. But these
are not mere snapshots from a bygone era; they are important historical
artifacts from the early 1900s that trace the rise, the fall to Prohibition
and the resurrection of the people and places that define Wine Country.
From family members to a family of curators, the moments of long-retired
workers and faded vineyards find new life and respect in the collections of
the Healdsburg Museum, Sonoma County Museum, Sharpsteen Museum and Sonoma
County Wine Library.
- Chad Surmick