History lecture explores wine industry

The first topic in the Jackson County Library/Southern Oregon Historical Society "Windows in Time" history series will focus on Rogue Valley winemaking.

The lecture, titled "Precious Nectar: The History of Winemaking in the Rogue Valley," is offered at noon Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave.

A second lecture is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Presenter MJ Daspit will focus on the history of the wine industry in the Rogue Valley including its start in the 1850s with Peter Britt and others in the Jacksonville area, its decline during Prohibition, and its return to vibrancy in the early 1970s.

As a freelance journalist, and photographer, Daspit's lifestyle articles and author interviews have appeared in Ashland Magazine, the Ashland Daily Tidings, and Beer Northwest.

The presentation is based on the book "Rogue Valley Wine" by Daspit and Eric Weisinger.

The free lunchtime lecture series will continue monthly on the first and second Wednesdays throughout the year from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information on the "Windows in Time" series, please call Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-6996 or 541-774-8689 or the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 541-899-8123.

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