Capturing the vibrant beauty of Wine
In 2013, I found myself following in the footsteps of Spanish Missionary Saint Junípero Serra 300 years after his birth. I too was leaving his home island of Mallorca and heading to California.
Junípero Serra founded the first 9 of the 21 Spanish Missions throughout California in the 18th century and it was the Spanish missionaries who introduced the first vitis vinifera vines to California which are native to the Mediterranean. They planted the vineyards with each mission they established.
The Californian Gold Rush in the mid 19th century brought waves of new settlers to the region, increasing the population and local demand for wine. Today, California accounts for nearly 90 percent of US wine production.
"Wine is the only artwork you can drink" - Luis Fernando Olaverri.
"Wine is sunlight, held together by water" - Galileo Galilei.
"He who knows how to taste does not drink wine but savours secrets" - Salvador Dalì.