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STUART DOUGLASS BYLES Before Napa/Sonoma: The Influence of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley on California Wine
The renowned California wine industry, famous for northern vintages, actually was born near El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Spanish missionaries harvested the first vintage in 1782 at Mission San Juan Capistrano and then cultivated enormous vineyards at Mission San Gabriel. Their replanted vine-cuttings took root on Jose Maria Verdugo's 1784 Spanish land grant in what became Glendale.Jean Louis Vignes brought a Bordeaux winemaking experience to LA in 1831 and initiated wine trade with San Francisco. By 1848, Los Angeles contained one hundred vineyards. Author Stuart Douglass Byles traces the little-known LA wine tradition through vintners of the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys, Anaheim and Rancho Cucamonga, Temecula Valley and Malibu and details the San Antonio Winery heritage, the last one standing from old Los Angeles days. Stuart Douglass Byles is a native Angeleno, raised in Pasadena. He attended Pasadena City College and Reed College in Portland, Oregon, as a history major. He makes his living as a designer/builder of residences, primarily in historical styles. He has been a longtime docent at the Gamble House museum in Pasadena. He is a founding member of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley and its current vice-president. He is a founding member of the Stone Barn Vineyard Conservancy, a sponsored volunteer organization of the historical society, set up in 2007 to promote and celebrate the wine history of the surrounding area and maintain the commemorative vineyard at the Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale.Mr. Douglass will have copies of his book, Los Angeles Wine, for sale after his talk. Invocation: Chet SpechtGuest Introductions: Wendy AndersonSong Leader: Gary KearneyAccompanist: Ross JutsumIntroducer: Marsha Rood 


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We meet each Wednesday at 12:00PM at:

The University Club
175 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, California  

Tel: (626) 793-5157

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Rotary Club of Pasadena
556 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Suite 101 #379
Pasadena CA 91105

Phone: 626-440-0908
Fax: 626-440-9806

Email: office@pasadenarotary.com

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Kathy's Corner for July 15

The Scoot Zone for July 15

By Justene Adamec, Cub Reporter
President Kathy Meagher could not lead the meeting this week. Her husband,Jim Meagher, had emergency surgery on Tuesday and was resting comfortably in CCU at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He is expected to fully recover. Past President Frank Nicholas stepped in to lead the meeting.

Kathy's Corner for July 8

The Scoot Zone for July 8

We began this week's meeting with yours truly leading the larger-than-usual assemblage in a heartfelt version of "What a Wonderful World," followed by "America the Beautiful," accompanied by the wonderful and beautiful Ross Jutsum on the piano.

Kathy's Corner for July 1

We joined to help our community. We stay for the fellowship.

Frank finished his final meeting last week with his usual grace and I'm sure he and Laura are enjoying their first real vacation in a year. But, he blew it at demotion. No pin for the incoming president?  Really?

The Scoot Zone for June 17

By Justene Adamec, Cub Reporter

Frankly Speaking for June 17


The Scoot Zone for June 10th

By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief


The Scoot Zone: June 3

By Mary Lou Byrne, Bureau Chief


Frankly Speaking June 3rd