Discovering the secret to the perfect marriage has been on the minds of husbands and wives for quite some time. It operated on a point system and was split into two sections: one side was titled merits and included positive things a spouse could do, and the the other side was titled demerits and included behaviors that negatively impacted marriages.In fact, even in the 1930s, researchers were trying to scientifically prove what actions and behaviors would lead to the greatest happiness. MUST-SEE: Adorable Couple in Restaurant Proves Growing Old Doesn't Have to Mean Growing Up Times have definitely changed since the 1930s as evidenced by the actions that qualified as merits or demerits.The gentleman’s father-in-law, Elmer Salmina, had been the Larkmead winemaker back in those days, the son of Felix Salmina (the . And so the bottles returned to their home, and our visit was as good an excuse as any to sample a couple of them. It’s not uncommon to come across the occasional bottle of Madeira from the 19th Century, and I had been lucky enough to pull the corks on some Huet Vouvrays from the 1920s when I worked as a sommelier. From a vineyard that’s still producing to this day? “What’s particularly cool about having these bottles is that that was a time when California was producing immigrant wine,” says Petroski. (There was an exception written into the Volstead Act that allowed families to make up to 200 gallons per year for home use.Another exception included sacramental wine for the church).A husband might find himself in hot water if he read the newspaper at the table.Despite the test being outdated, there are still some items on the list that would resonate with couples today, such as not flirting with members of the opposite sex.Whether you’re on the hunt for a garment for a costume theme party or the perfect piece to add to your vintage collection, it is very beneficial to have some knowledge of how to figure out approximately when an article of clothing was made.
Larkmead's Dan Petroski recovered historic bottles from the winery's turn-of-the-century owners, including a cache of 1930s post-Prohibition-era vintages. I knew it was the perfect day to visit Larkmead when we pulled up to the Calistoga property and saw that spring was in full force: sun shining, the vineyard awash in picture-perfect yellow mustard flowers, Cabernet buds just starting to appear, birds chirping.
“California Burgundy would have been Petite Sirah, with the potential of having a little Mondeuse blended in, which is a Savoie-native Syrah-slash-Gamay kind of variety,” says Petroski.
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It was the kind of bucolic scene that makes urban dwellers go green with envy.
Then Dan Petroski, winemaker, greeted us with a grin that suggested he had something even cooler in store for us.