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Charles Scalione
Scalione, Charles
Vercelli, Joseph
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Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County
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Speaking of Wine: Sonoma County Winemaker Oral Histories
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Interviewed by Joseph Vercelli ; August 1982, transcription 1993.
This oral history is one in a series of interviews undertaken in the early 1980's by Joseph Vercelli and "Puch" Puchilowski. This interview with Charles Scalione covers a rarely presented view of the wine industry, one from the technical mechanical side. Because of his love of machinery and the technical aspects of life, combined with his precise attention to detail, Charles is able to expose us to the interworkings of pre- and post- Prohibition wineries. Through his long relationship with Healdsburg Machine Shop, he was acquainted with and supplied the vast majority of wineries in Sonoma County, many of which he talks about in this interview.
Michael Scalione, his father, started a vineyard on Brooks Road near the town of Windsor. Due to the haphazard and inconsistent nature of shipping and selling grapes during Prohibition, they eventually added a winery, Alta Loma, about 1934. There Charles learned first hand the limitations of mutton tallow as a sealant.<br>Having kept memorabilia and reports from the beginning, Charles is able to quote prices, tonnage, varieties, percentage sugar and so on... with abandon. He talks in intimate detail of the winery operations from nuts and bolts to pounds of pomace produced--it is all fascinating!
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[3 leaves], 30 p.
28 cm.
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ANNEX R 663.200979418 SCALIONE; WL R 663.200979418 SCALIONE
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Oral histories (document genres)
Wine and Winemaking
Scalione, Charles
Healdsburg Machine Company (Healdsburg, Calif.)
Simi Winery
Wine and wine making
Healdsburg, CA
United States
Internet Archive; IA_audio
Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County oral history series
Speaking of Wine

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