Zinfandel: A History of a Grape and Its Wine

By Charles L. Sullivan | Go to book overview
Save to active project


WHEN THE MATTER CAME UP IN THE PRESS IN MAY 1885, THE FIRST thing anyone should have asked was, “Well, can't someone show me where Colonel Haraszthy mentioned the Zinfandel in his voluminous public writing on California wine?” It had been almost seventeen years since the extraordinary Hungarian had quit California for Nicaragua, where he apparently was devoured by alligators a year later. But he was well remembered as the man who, more than any other, had filled the Northern California press between 1857 and 1866 with letters, articles, speeches, and interviews on viticulture and winemaking. But if Agoston Haraszthy ever uttered or wrote the word “Zinfandel, not a trace of it remains, or remained even in the 1880s, except in the imagination of his son, Arpad Haraszthy.

The basic biographical data for the father has never been in question. It can be found in any good library in the Dictionary of American Biography, volumes that contain few, if any, nobodies. Haraszthy is truly an important figure in the history of the American West. 1 But what I and other writers have termed the “Haraszthymyth, orlegend, has at tached a powerful set of “facts” to the basic data. Added to the misinformation concerning the Zinfandel, we find the belief that Agoston Haraszthy was the father of the California wine


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Zinfandel: A History of a Grape and Its Wine


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 224

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?