17 December 2021

Published December 15, 2021 by rochellewisoff
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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100


WINE NOT?

Events of that morning zipped through Hannah’s mind. John complained his egg was runny and his bacon not crisp. By suppertime he’d been shot to death.

The executor read John’s last will and testament. When he finished, his lips spread in a saccharine smile. “He left J.C. Weinberger Winery to you. After you sell it, you’ll be well-set.

“Why would I do that?”

“Isn’t it obvious?”

She squared her shoulders. “I’ll run the business.”

Six years later, at the 1889 Worlds Fair in Paris, Hannah Weinberger won a silver medal for her wine—the only California woman to do so.

L’Chaim!

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79 comments on “17 December 2021

  • Dear Rochelle,

    Love that she decided to prove to them she had the guts and determination to not only take over the business but to make it flourish! Good stuff!

    Shalom and lotsa love with cheers!

    Dale

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  • You know she must have been a headstrong woman to make it so successfully in a man’s world in those times. I’m sure that she would have continued were it not for Prohibition. Even at her age. Good historical story. AS USUAL.

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    • Dear Jan,

      Sigh…such a busy week, I’m only now getting around to replying to comments. But then, I’m easily distracted, no? True, Prohibition didn’t do much for Hannah’s business but it didn’t stop it. 😉 Thank you, M’luv.

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    • Dear Dora,

      Being a judge might’ve been fun. 😉 Although after a while, it might have been hard to differentiate. On the other hand I think the judges slosh it around in their mouths and spit it out to avoid intoxication. I love finding remarkable women history has, for the most part, passed over. Thank you.

      Shalom u’vrachah

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    • Dear Bill,

      Of course we know what he meant by “Isn’t it obvious?” I actually did have her asking the question but it was an expendable line in keeping it to 100 words. Needless to say, if he actually did ask that question, I’m sure she was the kind of person who would tell him, under no uncertain terms what was NOT obvious.
      Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Jilly,

      I’m thinking Hannah, also taking her husband’s position as head of the bank, was a no-nonsense kind of gal. Thank you re my story and my picture. (which is a very fond recent memory).

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Life gives you grapes… make vino, eh! Great history lesson here. Strong woman, especially in that day and age. Tornado zone in Kentucky is like… pick-em-up sticks mixed with tootpicks, covered in upturned garbage cans… no other way to describe it. Reminded me soooo much of Xenia 1974. Back home, now… wrenched knee from slipping on some debris. Wish I could still be there cleaning up. Nothing tops finding pictures and special things for those who have lost everything.

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    • Dear Genia,

      Basically I stumble across bits of history. I usually start a thread on Google and see where it leads. With this particular story, my search was short. I started with wine in history and came across women in the wine industry. We’re so fortunate to be living in a time when history is at our fingertips. If only I’d had the internet when I was in school. 😉 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Rochelle, I do wonder if my posts to Friday Fictioneers carry a link back to the other posts. I am sorry if my offerings do not carry the link. Mike Humphris. All being well in the new year I will try and improve my computer knowledge. My regards to to and your family this festive season Mike

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    • Dear Michael,

      I honestly haven’t noticed if your posts have a link back. Basically I use the inLinkz to find everyone. And you do link there, so I wouldn’t worry about it. I appreciate your continued participation.
      A happy merry holiday to you and your family, my friend across the sea.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Dear Francine,

    The only thing I could find about who shot J.C. was that it was a “disgruntled employee.” Judging from her photo, I’d say Hannah was one you didn’t argue with. 😉 Thank you.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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