Sep 292009

Saturday night September 26 I had the pleasure of attending the world premiere of Carla De Luca Worfolk’s documentary, “America’s Wines — The Legacy of Prohibition” at the Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival.

Carla is John De Luca’s eldest daughter and a filmmaker. The De Luca family had invited representatives from University of California at Berkeley, especially from the Bancroft Library’s Regional Oral History Organization as well as luminaries in the wine industry.

The film itself stressed how the 18th Amendment forced Northern California’s wine makers to diversify into sweet wines and liqueurs which prolonged their survival and business.

It was very well done including a very competent history of the Prohibition movement. However I felt the treatment did not stress enough how the 18th Amendment ruined businesses, families and individual lives as well. It was essentially a paean to the current wine industry moguls to whom the De Luca family understandably is linked.