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Simone Cinotto Event

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Simone Cinotto

Teaches history at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. He also taught at NYU as "Tiro a Segno" Visiting Professor in Italian American Studies.

Cinotto is the author of Soft Soil, Black Grapes: The Birth of Italian Wine Making in California (New York University Press, 2012), a fresh, fascinating account of the ethnic origins of California wine. From Robert Mondavi to Ernest and Julio Gallo and Francis Ford Coppola, Italians have shaped the history of California wine. More than any other group, Italian immigrants and their families have made California viticulture one of America’s most distinctive and vibrant achievements.

Skillfully blending regional, social, and immigration history, Soft Soil, Black Grapes takes us on an original journey into the cultural construction of ethnic economies and markets, the social dynamics of American race, and the fully transnational history of American wine.

But how did a small group of nineteenth-century immigrants plant the roots that flourished into a world-class industry?

Was there something particularly "Italian" in their success?

Join us in welcoming Simone Cinotto, and learn first-hand answers to these questions.

February 12, 2013
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater,
Robert Mondavi Institute

To register for this unique opportunity, visit:
Public - $15
Friends of the RMI, UC Faculty, Staff - $10
Students - $5

For additional information, please contact: Tracy Diesslin
(530) 752-5233

Brought to you by:

  • Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
  • UC Davis Department of French and Italian
  • UC Davis University Library

Enhancing our quality of life through wine, brewing and food sciences

Published: January 28, 2013


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