Museum Celebrates History of California Wine
In California's Napa Valley, light shines from the windows of a large house built in the 1800s. Inside, visitors study old tools and taste new wine products.
1881 Napa, a wine history museum, opened this month in Oakville, California. Oakville is about 97 kilometers north of San Francisco.
The museum offers self-guided tours explaining the history of Napa Valley and the first people to call it home. Visitors can inspect a collection of rare winemaking tools, such as scalders, filters, spigots and soil injectors. A huge copy of an 1895 map of Napa County looks down on the room from above.
The Boisset Collection operates wineries in California, France and Canada. The family-owned business purchased the 145-year-old redesigned house earlier this year. It also bought the nearby Oakville Grocery, which is said to be California's oldest continuously operating grocery store.
From 1881 Napa, one can see the Mayacamas Mountains and the famous To Kalon Vineyard across the street at the Robert Mondavi Winery.
The museum is open to the public, and is free to visit. The ground floor holds a tasting room, where visitors can examine soil samples and read about vineyards in different parts of Napa Valley. They also can compare tastes of wines from cooler and warmer areas, hillsides and the valley floor.
One tasting, called "Embark on a Journey Throughout the Valley," gives visitors a chance to try 12 kinds of red wine, known as cabernet sauvignons.
"We want to create a destination that celebrates Napa's long history ... while exploring Napa's incredibly diverse terroir," said Boisset Collection's chief, Jean-Charles Boisset. He spoke to The Associated Press.
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这家博物馆提供自助向导，介绍纳帕谷的历史，以及第一批纳帕谷原住民。参观者可以观赏一系列罕见的酿酒工具，如煮沸器、过滤器、龙头和土壤注射器 。该建筑的顶部是一幅1895年纳帕县地图的巨幅复制品 。
波塞特酒庄（The Boisset Collection）在加州、法国和加拿大经营着酿酒厂。今年早些时候，这家家族企业购入这栋有着145年历史的经过重新设计的建筑 。该公司还收购了附近的奥克维尔杂货店(Oakville Grocery)，据说这是加州最古老且仍在营业的杂货店 。
该博物馆面对公众开放，而且是免费参观。一楼设有一个品鉴室，游客可以在这里检查土壤样本，了解纳帕谷不同地区的葡萄园 。他们还可以鉴别来自凉爽或温暖地区、山坡和谷底的葡萄酒的味道 。
“我们想创造一个可以庆祝纳帕悠久历史的场所……同时也能探索纳帕难以置信的多样风土，”波塞特酒庄的老板让-查尔斯博伊塞特（Jean-Charles Boisset）说道。他接受了美联社采访 。