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Prohibition, Pandemics, & Pinot Noir: A UCSB Library Screening & Discussion of "America’s Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition"
Pour a glass of wine and join the UCSB Library for a screening of America’s Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition, a documentary that offers an unprecedented overview of the legacy of National Prohibition and its continuing impact on the wine industry.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion diving into Prohibition’s effects on the Santa Barbara wine industry, how the current pandemic is actively remodeling its landscape, and the Library’s role in preserving our local viticulture history.

Panelists include:
Carla De Luca, the documentary’s Director, Writer, and Producer
Dr. Victor W. Geraci, Historical Advisor, alumnus, and creator of the UCSB Victor Geraci Viticulture Endowment
Greg Brewer, Winemaker, alumnus, and creator of Brewer-Clifton

Marking the 75th Anniversary of Prohibition’s Repeal, the documentary brings to life never-before-seen archival photographs and film clips, and features nearly forty interviews including those who experienced Prohibition, historians, winemakers, members of Congress, and public policy experts. Among those filmed are Kevin Starr, California Librarian Emeritus, Leon Panetta, former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton, as well as legendary winemakers Brother Timothy, Robert Mondavi, and Ernest Gallo. The interviews chronicle the rebuilding of the wine industry and the emergence of a new American wine culture.

This is a virtual zoom event. Please contact Heather Silva at with questions.

Apr 21, 2021 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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