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This lecture reveals the role of the Franciscans in creating the astoundingly successful wine industry in California. From the art and architecture of the missions founded along the coast of the state, we’ll see how the mission grape made its way into the fertile soils of the American northwest. Catholics and Protestants found common cause as they tried to promote a wine culture in the young nation, hoping it would reduce alcoholism and promote unity among its diverse peoples. Surprising characters and unexpected facts will propel the narrative of how the USA became one of the world’s leading wine producers.