Wine HistoryTasty Events From the Food History Project This Summer:

With the change of weather, there’s so much in season! From stone fruit to field greens,  The Food History Project will host two events next month designed for attendees to sample (and even pick!) local produce.

FarmsteadED & Hartley Farms, July 8th at 5:30pm: Lynette Sonne of FarmsteadEd and Barbara Hartley of Hartley Farms will talk about the local connection to produce and farmers throughout SLO County.  The event will be held at SLO Provisions in San Luis Obispo.

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In 2014, Lynette Sonne launched FARMstead ED as a way to promote locally grown & locally made products through pop-up workshops and helping connect locals to farms, ranches & production facilities while educating them about where our food is being grown & made. She will discuss her tours and farmstead demonstrations.

Barbara Hartley from Hartley Farms will also be sharing with the group her locally made jams. Both Barbara and her husband, Dan shared a passion for San Luis Obispo County and farming.  They started Hartley Farms in 2014 and developed a 37 acre property into a farm and wedding venue.

Attendees can RSVP to to reserve their seat, and a $10 donation is appreciated.

Wine HistoaryYou Pick It, You Eat It at Rutiz Farms: Saturday, July 13th at noon:  Join the Food History Project for a field trip to Rutiz Family Farms in Arroyo Grande, where attendees can pick their own produce, then clean and prepare a healthy, delicious lunch. Rutiz Family Farms is working to redefine the relationship between the community and the farmer. The farm stand, located adjacent to the farm’s thirty acres just outside of Arroyo Grande, allows for direct sales of farm products, harvested at their peak of ripeness and flavor.  Organic fertilizers, no pesticide use, and extensive green manure cropping enables the Rutiz family to grow healthy plants while building soil fertility. There are more than 50 varieties of hand-harvested crops ranging from sweet corn and tomatoes in the summer, to cool weather items like potatoes and lettuce in the winter.

The cost for this field trip is $22 and space is limited. You can reserve and pay for your spot by emailing Karen Petersen at

New!  Mysteries of Zinfandel & Wine Legend Bill Greenough: New Exhibit at Saucelito Canyon Winery: The Wine History Project has posted two new educational panels at the Saucelito Canyon Tasting Room in Edna Valley. Mysteries of Zinfandel uncovers the origins of Zinfandel, which have remained a mystery for more than 100 years. The exhibit also shows the  journey of the Zinfandel Grape to San Luis Obispo County, and how it has become the Heritage Grape of the golden state.  The second panel features vintner and owner Bill Greenough, who discovered 100 year old vines on an old stagecoach route in a remote part of the Upper Arroyo Grande Valley.

These are the first two panels of a series of new exhibits coming later this summer to Saucelito Canyon Tasting Room.  We invite you to visit the Saucelito Canyon Tasting Room, located at 3080 Biddle Ranch Road in San Luis Obispo.  They are open daily from 10am-5pm.

Wine History ProjectFeatured Wine History Project Legend: Dante Dusi: Dante Dusi was first and foremost a farmer and grape grower. At a young age, Dante learned farming techniques for grape growing from his father.  His quality of grapes have shaped the history of San Luis Obispo County and the Paso Robles Wine region. The Dusi Family has been farming wine grapes since 1927, which started with Dante’s parents,Sylvester & Caterina Dusi.  Dante and brother Benito Dusi sold grapes to local winemakers as well as to winemakers throughout California. Dante’s love of the land and his skills as a grower made the Dusi grapes famous for their quality and helped establish the Paso Robles/Templeton area as one of the premier growing regions in California. He is remembered as a man who sealed all deals and contracts with a handshake, a smile and his reputation. Above all, Dante was a teacher and mentor to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, teaching them how to plant vineyards, to dry farm and head prune, and grow grapes of exceptional quality. He taught them about the pride one feels in growing an exceptional product and working together to get the job done.

Dante Dusi died in 2014. Continuing his legacy, the family continues to buy more property, plant more varieties of grapes as the market changes, but the mainstay in every Dusi Vineyard is Zinfandel. Farming is the family’s pride and passion.

The Wine History Project invites you to visit our website to learn more about Dante Dusi, and the entire Dusi family:


40 Years of Winemaking: Eberle Firsts Exhibit at Eberle Winery in Paso Robles
The Wine History Project has launched a new exhibit featuring Gary Eberle and 40 years of winemaking at Eberle Winery in Paso Robles.  Gary Eberle has played a major role in helping shape the history of the Paso Robles winegrowing region, and is considered a visionary within the industry.

The exhibit is now open at Eberle Tasting room, located at 3810 California 46 East in Paso Robles.  For more information, please visit:

Hank Donatoni Celebrates 40 years of Winemaking: Hank Donatoni and the Art of Zinfandel

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The Wine History Project is proud to feature a new celebration panel installment at Donatoni Winery in Paso Robles.  The new  panel features Hank’s achievements and quotes about his life and experiences in the wine industry. Hank is one of the last living SLO County winemakers to share memories of hand harvesting.  His partnership with other winemakers in SLO County, including his thirty-six year friendship with Zinfandel grower Richard Sauret, led to a collaboration producing award-winning Donatoni vintages and verticals from 2009 to 2017.    You can view Hank Donatoni’s celebration panel at the Donatoni Winery and tasting room by appointment only. Please call 805-226-0620 or email

Seeking Gold, Finding Grapes Exhibit in Paso Robles
The Wine History Project’s new exhibit, Seeking Gold, Finding Grapes, is on display at the El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society in Paso Robles now through August 2019.  The display features a collection of rare bottles and tools from the California Gold Rush Era.

The El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society is located in the Carnegie Library, City Park, downtown Paso Robles, California. Open Tuesday & Thursday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Closed Monday & Wednesday and major holidays.

Corkscrew Development Exhibit at the Wine History Project
The quest to find the easiest way of drawing corks from bottles without jolting or disturbing their contents led to the development of a variety of tools by both skilled craftsmen and industrial production companies. There are over 30 corkscrews on display at the Wine History Project, including corkscrews from William Rockwell Clough (1844–1920), Edwin Walker (1847–1917) and William Alexander Williamson (1854–1932). The exhibit is available to review by appointment only.  Please call the Wine History Project Offices at (805) 439-4647 or via email at

About the Wine History Project

The Wine History Project was established in 2015 to study the land, microclimates, grape varietals, growers and winemakers who have shaped the wine history of San Luis Obispo County. Today the Wine History Project is staffed by historians and museum professionals who collaborate with a diverse group of advisers and founders. We continue to document and preserve the unique wine and food history of San Luis Obispo County.   Central to our research is the process of interviewing growers and winemakers who have shaped the wine history of SLO County. It is through these relationships that we build upon the story of wine in our county while collecting and archiving historical photographs, documents, videography and recordings to preserve their history.