Today’s focus: finding a connection between wine and science fiction. Really? Really!
Here’s the background. I recently heard about a wine competition held every year in El Dorado County’s wine country, called the Frank Herbert Award. It is sponsored by a local paper, the Mountain Democrat, and is open to all commercial wineries. Winners frequently herald from northern California and compete in many wine categories.
The name Frank Herbert didn’t mean anything to me, but I understood that this was a prestigious award, coveted by many a northern California winemaker. I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of it before; thus began my search to find out who Frank Herbert was, and why his name was attached to this prize. [Read more…]