Archive

Posts Tagged ‘HistoryOfWineImagesMarch2015’

Two title pages from the first German wine books of 1580.

March 23, 2015 1 comment

 Gruelich, Martin. Weinbüchlin. 1580. Munchener Digitalisierungs Zentrum. [1]

Gruelich, Martin. Weinbüchlin. 1580. Munchener Digitalisierungs Zentrum. [1]

The oldest wines books in German date to the late 16th century and incredibly, they are available for reading online.  These books cover a variety of subjects such as how to make and  raise wine, restore wine from off states, and how to simply enjoy it.  Johann Rasch (1540-1512) was an Austrian cleric, writer, and booksellers.  His book Das ist: Vom baw und pflege des Weins (1580) is considered the first thorough treatment of wine growing and tasting.  In doing so it covers such topics as the importance of wine in the Eucharist as well as how to detect if a wine was watered down.  Another practical matter is Johann Rasch’s recipe to prevent a hangover.  This involves eating “Wethamerwurtz oder Petulanakraut” or drinking milk.  Perhaps as a result of Johann Rasch’s appreciation of books, his first edition contains a particularly detailed engraving.  From what I can tell, little information exists in English about these important early books, which is incredible as well.

Rasch, Johann. Das ist: Vom baw und pflege des Weins.  1580. Munchener Digitalisierungs Zentrum. [2]

Rasch, Johann. Das ist: Vom baw und pflege des Weins. 1580. Munchener Digitalisierungs Zentrum. [2]


[1] Gruelich, Martin. Weinbüchlin , Ein Neüwe unnd hübsche bewerte kunst, wie man die Wein erhalten soll und dem bresthafftigen abgefalnen Wein wider helffen. 1580. [VD16 ZV 7030] Munchener Digitalisieruns Zentrum. URL:  https://opacplus.bsb-muenchen.de/metaopac/search?documentid=1705562
[2] Rasch, Johann. Das ist: Vom baw und pflege des Weins, Wie derselbig nützlich sol gebawet, Was ein jeder Weinziher oder Weinhawer zuthun schuldig, Auch was für nutz und schaden durch sie kan außgerichtwerden , Allen Weingart Herren sehr nothwendig zu wissen.  1580.  Munchener Digitalisieruns Zentrum. URL:  https://opacplus.bsb-muenchen.de/metaopac/search?documentid=920059

“[T]he open door to gay talk, easy laughter”: The 1933 California Burgundy Wine Beverage

During the last stretch of Prohibition in America at the beginning of 1933, numerous states voted to repeal the Eighteenth Amendment.  By the end of June 1933, California had voted for Repeal and the wine industry began to market very low alcohol wine beverages.  That very same month the Mission Dry Corporation came out with the carbonated, sweet “California Burgundy Wine Beverage” for $0.30 per bottle.

California Burgundy Wine Beverage Label. 1933. [1]

California Burgundy Wine Beverage Label. 1933. [1]

During the next month of July 1933, a large advertisement was titled “Want a new thrill? drink old bonded wine as the Europeans do”.  The advertisement claimed that this beverages “tastes like the fine old wine of pre-Prohibition days”.  It was meant to recreate the wine and seltzer drinks that continental Europeans drank in cafes.  This was, apparently, no fly by night drink for they “learned something from an old wine maker” in order to create it.  Little did they know that decades later, sparkling Burgundy would become a controversial recommendation for Thanksgiving dinner.


[1] California Burgundy Wine Beverage Label. 6/27/1933. File Unit:
42323 – California Burgundy Wine Beverage by Mission Dry – Mission Dry Corporation, Ltd.  The National Archives. URL: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/16972153?q=wine
[2]  Date: Friday, July 14, 1933 Paper: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page: 7

Soil map for the area surrounding Falset, Spain. 1966.

In keeping with the Priorat and Montsant theme this post features a closeup images from a 1966 soil map of Spain. Just look for Falset.

Crop from Mapas de suelos de España.  Ins. Nac. De edafologia y agrobiologia C.S.I.C. 1966. [1]

Crop from Mapas de suelos de España. Ins. Nac. De edafologia y agrobiologia C.S.I.C. 1966. [1]


[1] Mapas de suelos de España.  Ins. Nac. De edafologia y agrobiologia C.S.I.C. 1966.  European Soil Portal – Soil Data and Information System. European Commission. URL: http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/library/maps/country_maps/metadata.cfm?mycountry=ES

A 19th century map of Mt Etna

Mont Gibel, Etna.  Bory de Saint-Vincent, M.  1827. [1]

Mont Gibel, Etna. Bory de Saint-Vincent, M. 1827. [1]


[1] Mont Gibel, Etna.  Bory de Saint-Vincent, M.  1827. David Rumsey Map Collection. URL: http://www.davidrumsey.com/maps1120457-28569.html

A late 19th century photograph of a family at harvest.

 

Vendanges à Verrières. Thiollier Félix. c. 1890-1900. [1]

Vendanges à Verrières.
Thiollier Félix. c. 1890-1900. [1]


[1] Vendanges à Verrières. Thiollier Félix. c. 1890-1900. Paris, musée d’Orsay. Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski. URL: http://www.photo.rmn.fr/archive/97-024757-2C6NU0S5NJKX.html

A captivating 17th century Limoges of a man pouring wine from a small cask.

Le vin. Jacques II, Laudin. 17th century. (C) RMN-Grand Palais. [1]

Le vin. Jacques II, Laudin. 17th century. (C) RMN-Grand Palais. [1]


[1] Le vin. Jacques II, Laudin. 17th century. (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée de la Renaissance, château d’Ecouen) URL: http://www.photo.rmn.fr/archive/01-003915-2C6NU0GR85U7.html

A man and a woman in a vineyard in autumn; representing the benefits of the fiftieth year of life.

This undated image shows a man and a woman standing under an arbor in a vineyard during the fall. The woman has been gathering apples and the man holds a knife, presumably because he has been harvesting grapes. In the left background workers are harvesting grapes which are then dumped into barrels. In the center background appears a horse-drawn cart with barrels of wine.

A man and a woman in a vineyard in autumn; representing the benefits of the fiftieth year of life. Engraving. Published:  -  Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

A man and a woman in a vineyard in autumn; representing the benefits of the fiftieth year of life. Engraving.
Published: –
Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

An 18th century image of the Halle aux Vins in Paris

This image is from a document describing the establishment of a credit office at the Halle aux Vins in Paris.  When wine was brought into the Halle aux Vins the merchants were required to pay cash up front for the entry fees.  These fees could be substantial and exceed the amount of cash merchants had on hand.  These merchants would then be forced to immediately sell their wine at a low price in order to obtain enough cash.  The establishment of the credit office allowed merchants to take out a fixed loan to pay the entry fees.  They could then take their time to seek the best price for their wine after which they could pay off the loan.

Image from Arrest du Conseil d'Etat du Roy. 1724. [1]

Image from Arrest du Conseil d’Etat du Roy. 1724. [1]

The image itself shows five vines by the windmill in the left hand side.  Barrels of wine are being brought in by boat and cart.  In the bottom foreground are what appear to be the wine gaugers calculating the volume of wine in each barrel.  In the right foreground is what appears to be the credit office with the double-arched entrance to the side.


[1] Arrêt du conseil d’Etat en faveur de la caisse de crédit des vins établie à Paris dans la halle aux vins. France. Conseil d’Etat. 1724. Gallica Bibliotheque Numerique.  URL: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b86085957
[2] Lefebvre de la Bellande, Jean-Louis. Traite general des droits d’aides. 1760. URL: https://books.google.com/books?id=foeO5ez6AtsC&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false