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A cellar worker steams American oak wine barrels before their use at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville, Calif. AP Photo/Eric Risberg

A brief history of American winemaking

Wine came to the US in the 16th century but didn't make it to California – the leader in American winemaking – until the 19th century.
The 2007 midwinter solstice illumination of the main altar tabernacle of Old Mission San Juan Bautista, California. Rubén G. Mendoza/Ancient Editions

A sacred light in the darkness: Winter solstice illuminations at Spanish missions

At many Spanish missions in the US and Latin America, the rising sun illuminates the altar on the winter solstice or other symbolic days. To the faithful, these events meant that Christ was with them.

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