Travels from: Berkeley, California
Expertise: Wine in California prior to Prohibition, wine crime and wine fraud in California and around the world, early Los Angeles and San Francisco history.
Frances Dinkelspiel is a fifth generation Californian with a passion for the little known side of California history. As a journalist, author, and co-founder of the award-winning news site Berkeleyside, Frances has written about Jews in the development of California, the history of winemaking in the state, wine crime and fraud, and the future of the news business. She is the author of two books, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California and Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, People magazine, Daily Beast, the San Francisco Chronicle among many others.
Frances is an accomplished speaker who has delivered more than 200 lectures on the history of California and has appeared in a number of television shows and documentaries.
Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California
Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California
Bestselling author, The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle
Best wine book, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine magazine, San Jose Mercury News 2015