Pinot noir focus of program with author, historian

An author and historian who is also an authority on pinot noir will describe what it’s like to be a wine historian on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall at Linfield College.

Characterized as a conversation rather than a lecture, “Solving Mysteries: Evidence in Wine History” will feature John Winthrop Haeger, special projects director at the Stanford University Libraries.

Haeger is the author of “North American Pinot Noir,” named the Louis Roederer International Wine Book of the Year for 2005. In 2008, he published “Pacific Pinot Noir: A Comprehensive Winery Guide for Consumers and Connoisseurs,” an expanded and updated companion volume to his first book. It has been called the “best single source of information on world-renowned pinot noirs from California and Oregon.” He focuses exclusively on what he calls the Pacific Pinot Zone, stretching from the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon to Santa Barbara in California and extending up to 30 miles inland.

Haeger’s interest in wine began in graduate school and his articles about wine have appeared in publications such as Connoisseur, Wine & Spirits, Sunset, Los Angeles and Saveur.

Haeger is a Princeton University graduate with a doctorate in Chinese history from the University of California, Berkeley, where he developed a specialty in the history of the Sung Dynasty. He has taught at Pomona College, Linfield and the University of California, San Diego, and worked for The Asia

Foundation, the Research Libraries Group and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of Wine Economists.

The program is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Renshaw Endowment and the President’s office. For more information, call 503-883-2498.


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