One of my favorite local wineries, Harmony Hill, has issued a strange request. I’ll let Bill tell you this great little story, followed by the request at the end.
During the summer of 2007, a local gentleman visitor
brought to the winery a brass barrel stamp that he had kept as a family
heirloom (a barrel stamp was used in the early days as a method of identifying
the winery that had filled the barrel with wine, was placed over the head of the
barrel and set over a flame to burn the stamp into the oak).
remember marveling at this piece of history and realizing that it was
from Ohio Bonded Winery #2. Neither Patti nor I can recall the winery name,
nor the name of the gentleman. It was one of those crazy days at the winery when
visitors are lined up at the tasting bar, so by the time we had a chance to
speak with this gentleman at length, he had disappeared.
I have searched for months through the Ohio Division
of Liquor Control and Federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms licensing divisions
to try to find this gentleman, to no avail. Unfortunately, all winery records
prior to prohibition were destroyed.
The significance of that piece at this time
is related to an upcoming March event, during which (for the first time ever)
the City of Cincinnati Park Board is sponsoring a wine event at Krohn
Conservatory with a presentation about the History of the Ohio River Valley wine
appellation. That piece is significant, since as Ohio Bonded Winery #2, that
would have been only the second winery to be established after The
Longworth wineries in the mid 1800s. As many of you already know, Nicholas
Longworth started this nations wine history when he planted 3000
acres of Catawba along the shores of the Ohio River, east of Cincinnati, and is
still to this day considered "The Father of the American Wine
The request: If any winery visitor has any recollection of this
gentleman’s visit to Harmony Hill, or knows anything about this piece, please contact us as soon as possible.
I will keep everyone posted as I find out more about the Krohn Conservatory Event. It sounds quite fun, and I do love the conservatory. If anyone knows anything about this barrel stamp from Ohio Winery #2, please get in touch.
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