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journalist

Leon David Adams, American author. Member American Wine Society (Merit award 1974), American Society of Viticulture and Enology (Merit award 1974), Wine and Food Society.

Background

Adams, Leon David was born on February 1, 1905 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Nathan and Augusta (Lager) Adams.

Education

Student, University California, Berkeley, 1923-1925.

Career

In 1958, Adams book Commonsense Book of Wine was published, which sought to bring table wine into everyday life in the United States. His book Wines of America, published in 1973, is considered the "most thorough work on the subject," specifically regarding the California wine industry. Leon Adams was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1905.

He studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and worked as a journalist for various publications, including McClatchy News Service and the San Francisco Bulletin. Adams advocated for farm winery laws which were passed in many states during the 1970s and 1980s. These laws helped grape growers open wineries and sell their wines through wholesale and retail.

He worked in California and lived in Sausalito. He died in San Francisco on September 12, 1995. The New York Times called him "the seminal wine historian in the United States in the 20th century,".

Works

Membership

Member American Wine Society (Merit award 1974), American Society of Viticulture and Enology (Merit award 1974), Wine and Food Society.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: fishing, judging wines.

Connections

Married Corinne Leona Adams (divorced 1953). Children: Gerald David, Brian Arthur. Married Eleanor Rittman (divorced 1975).

Children: Timothy Rittman, Susan Campbell.

father:
Nathan Adams

mother:
Augusta (Lager) Adams

spouses:
Corinne Leona Adams

Eleanor Rittman

children:
Gerald David Adams

Brian Arthur Adams

Timothy Rittman Adams

Susan Campbell Adams