He is 19 years old.
CHATEAU CONSTRUCTION BEGINS
Inglenook crushes its first vintage of 80,000 gallons of wine. Niebaum purchases 712 additional acres from five neighbors to add to his Inglenook estate.
McIntyre and Niebaum dig an experimental cellar directly into the hillside behind the present mansion to test their theory of cellar temperatures. They will use what they learn for the construction of the new chateau cellar. Their goal is to find cellar temperatures of fifty-five to sixty degrees for wine aging.
Additionally during this time, Niebaum works with the Board of State Viticulture Commissioners to attempt to eradicate the devastating phylloxera root louse.
The great chateau at Inglenook is finished.
Inglenook wine is served at the White House to
President Grover Cleveland.
THE TURN OF THE CENTURY
He will live eight more years, working as President of the Alaska Commercial Company.
Travelers dining about the Southern Pacific Railroad enjoy a bottle of Inglenook Claret for about sixty cents.
A great earthquake destroys much of San Francisco, including the Alaska Commercial Company headquarters on Sansome Street. Inglenook survives in Rutherford.
A NEW FAMILY MEMBER
Captain Gustave Niebaum dies at his San Francisco home on August 5th, at the age of 66. Winemaking ceases for several years.
Mrs. Niebaum, the Captain’s widow, re-opens Inglenook for winemaking under Benjamin Arnhold. 50,000 gallons are produced.
JOHN DANIEL JR. MOVES TO INGLENOOK
When their mother dies, young John Daniel Jr. and his sister, Suzanne, move to Inglenook, and are raised by their great aunt, Mrs. Niebaum.
A BANNER YEAR
Inglenook wine triumphs at San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition, winning 19 gold medals at the opening celebration of the Panama Canal.
WINEMAKING OPERATIONS CEASE
A NEW ERA AT INGLENOOK
Inglenook’s Diamond Jubilee is celebrated. At this 75th anniversary, fifty wine merchants are invited to the Napa Valley for a quiet luncheon under the trees. Daniel begins using the advertising slogan, “Pride, Not Profit.” The motto was more true than some imagined; he was subsidizing Inglenook operations from his personal wealth, as Niebaum had done.
Harvest was small and profits had not yet materialized. Equipment needed replacement. The internal system of quality control, initiated by Niebaum and continued through strong directors, ended. The uncompromising management of the Inglenook estate, installed by Niebaum and continued under John Daniel's stewardship, starts to take its toll.
ANOTHER CORPORATE SALE
NIEBAUM-COPPOLA'S FIRST HARVEST
A TOAST TO THE PAST
RUTHERFORD GETS RECOGNIZED
COPPOLAS REUNITE PROPERTY
Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquire the iconic Inglenook trademark and announce the estate will once again be known by its historical name, Inglenook. Coppola appoints Philippe Bascaules, formerly of Chateaux Margaux in France, as General Manager. He inherits a 130-year-old dream, shared by Niebaum, John Daniel, Jr. and Coppola, to produce wines at Inglenook that rival the best in Europe.