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To become a contributor to the Wine History Project, please contact Heather Muran at or
805-458-9016. Please mail your contributions to: Wine History Project, 3592 Broad Street, Office 104, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

  Photo Courtesy of Paso Wine Alliance

Wine History Project Updates


Our team at the Wine History Project of San Luis Obispo County have been working hard these last few months to finish a manuscript for a new book covering the history of San Luis Obispo County's viticultural history!  Today, we submitted the first draft of the manuscript to our publisher, and we couldn't be more excited to share the great news with all our friends and followers!

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy through this very difficult time, and we also hope that our new legends and collections on our website, as well as our documentaries, are keeping you connected to our local wine industry.  

Be sure to "like" us on Facebook and subscribe to our Vimeo channel so you will get updates on news and new articles and films each week.

We look forward to seeing you fact will you join us tomorrow online for our first ever zoom event in partnership with San Luis Obispo Coast Wine Collective?  Learn more below!

Photo Courtesy of SLO Coast Wine

Join Heather Muran on 5:01 Wine Wednesday with Claiborne & Churchill

Join historian Heather Muran from the Wine History Project as she guest hosts for SLO Coast Wine's 5:01 Wednesday, TOMORROW!  We'll be discussing some of our latest projects and tasting wines from our friends Clay, Fredericka and Lizzy Thompson from Claiborne & Churchill Vintners!

Here's how to login to the meeting:
1.  Download the ZOOM app for your phone or computer
2.  Login for the Zoom meeting (don't forget your glass of wine!) at 5:01pm
Meeting ID: 871 1538 0705
Password: 1ZU26P

3.  Interact by asking questions!

You can also watch the meeting on Instagram or Facebook Live--just go to slocoastwinecountry and you'll see us streaming the live event!

Hope to see you there!

Questions?  email
WINE HISTORY / Legends/ Howard Steinbeck

       Photo: Dave Caparone, Courtesy of Dave Capareone

Legend: Dave Caparone

As Dave studied, tasted, and analyzed European wines, his attention focused on the great wines of Italy. It has been said that the next best thing to being in Italy is to sip Nebbiolo crafted by winemaker Dave Caparone. Dave has spent years researching the three noble Italian grape varieties, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Aglianico. His focus on premium grape growing led to his search for the best microclimate in which to grow those Italian varieties to proper maturity in San Luis Obispo County.

Caparone Winery is the first in the United States to commercially produce Sangiovese and Aglianico wines. Caparone was the second winery to produce Nebbiolo wine in the United States. Nebbiolo was first produced in Amador County in the 1970s but was not successful. Dave’s diligent research and his selection of the perfect microclimate in San Luis Obispo County in which to grow the Nebbiolo grape, have produced an elegant and complex varietal. By the 1990s his Caparone wines proved that winegrowers in San Luis Obispo County were capable of producing premium quality grapes and world-class wines. His efforts were praised by California and national wine writers.
Click Here to Read more about Dave Caparone
The Wine History Project is featured in SOMM Journal's June/July Issue!  Be sure to pick up a copy or subscribe today!
Click Here to Subscribe to the SOMM Journal

Be sure to pick the upcoming August/September issue of SLO Life Magazine.

In this month's article, we talk about the powerful connection between music and wine. Many musicians have become legendary winemakers during the last two hundred years.

The music we celebrate in the Central Coast may be as old as the Mission grape variety, Listan Prieto,  planted by the Spanish Franciscans two centuries ago. Catholics still sing hymns and prayers in the Spanish Chapels at local Missions once surrounded by prolific vineyards in San Luis Obispo, the Edna Valley and San Miguel.

The editorial is written by Libbie Agran, founder of the Wine History Project and will be available the first week of August.  
Click here to read the June/July Issue

Wine History Project Releases Documentaries 

The Wine History Project has released  two new documentaries that are now available to rent or own on our Vimeo Page:

91 Harvests features the legacy of the Dusi family, five generations of grape growers and winemakers in Paso Robles. 

The story of the Dusi Vineyard began in the early 1920s, when Sylvester and Caterina Dusi, emigrants from Northern Italy, moved to Paso Robles in the early 1920s. The Dusi Vineyard introduced some of the first Zinfandels to California’s Central Coast, and eventually bought an additional property on the west side of Highway 101. Three generations after Janell Dusi’s great-grandparents first planted the land with Zinfandel, she is continuing the legacy and this charming documentary tells their story. 

The Wine History Project's second documentary, Tom Myers: Made in Paso, is now available to rent or purchase on Vimeo.  This is the Wine History Project's "official" premier of this short film.  Tom Myers is recognized as the expert on the science of making wine in San Luis Obispo County.


Tom Myers, Winemaker, Castoro Cellars     
Photo Credit: Julia Perez     

As of 2019, he is also recognized as the man who has filled over 190 million bottles with San Luis Obispo County wine following his 42 harvests. Winemakers describe Tom as a problem solver, mild mannered and all talent without the ego.  Perhaps the best description of his talents, according to his colleagues and local winemakers: “Tom Myers is the awesome winemakers’ winemaker.”  Tom talks about his start in the wine industry and his scientific approach to crafting world class wines.

We encourage you to rent or buy and watch one of our documentaries in the comfort of your own home!
Check back often for more documentaries and short films coming soon to the Wine History Project Video Channel.
WINE HISTORY / Become a Contributor

Wine History Project Becomes
Non-Profit Organization

Benefits to contributors include invitations to two Wine History Project events each year, including educational lectures, guest speakers and wine tastings, invitation to previews of exhibits, access to archives and records obtained by Wine History Project, exclusive discounts to events, and educational opportunities along with docent-lead wine history tours throughout San Luis Obispo County. To become a contributor to the Wine History Project, please contact Heather Muran at or 805-458-9016. Please mail your contributions to: Wine History Project, 3592 Broad Street, Office 104, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Contact Us

Libbie Agran

Aimee Armour-Avant
Information Designer

Cindy Lambert
Collections Manager
Heather Muran
Historian & Outreach

Karen Petersen
Events Manager​

The Wine History Project was established in 2015 to study the land, microclimates, grape varietals, growers and winemakers who have shaped the wine history of San Luis Obispo County. Today the Wine History Project is staffed by historians and museum professionals who collaborate with a diverse group of advisers and founders. We continue to document and preserve the unique wine and food history of San Luis Obispo County

Central to our research is the process of interviewing growers and winemakers who have shaped the wine history of SLO County. It is through these relationships that we build upon the story of wine in our county while collecting and archiving historical photographs, documents, videography and recordings to preserve their history.

Together We Can Preserve the Story of Central Coast Winemaking

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