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1976 was quite a year… America turned 200 years old, the Concorde flew its first commercial flight, and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computers, and the Judgement of Paris took place. This was a blind wine tasting, organized by Steve Spurrier, between California and French wines. California wines would triumph and it would forever alter the wine world. Also, after embracing the vision of her parents, Christine Lawlor graduated from Fresno State University in California as one of the first women in the United States with a degree in enology, the science and study of wine and winemaking . Together with her parents, Robert and Joyce Lawlor, they would open Christina Winery in McGregor, IA and begin a journey that continues today through Galena Cellars Winery, founded in 1985.

It was my pleasure to share a couple hours with Christine talking about all things wine, including people in the business we know in common, tasting and blending wine as we talked, and exploring her thoughts on where the wine business is headed – both internationally and for Galena Cellars specifically.

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John B. Donovan
John, now retired, will continue to write about wine and craft beer. He now has more time to enjoy both beverages and plans to visit more places that grow grapes and produce wine with an occasional brewery along the way.

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