SFChron: Bonne on Cucamonga

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SFChron: Bonne on Cucamonga

Postby TomHill » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:56 am

A few days old (sorry for being so slow...been doing GrandPaw duties), but Jon has a rather interesting article on the Cucamonga wine industry:
Bonne On Cucamonga

When I fly into OntarioInternational, I always note some empty fields w/ a rectangular pattern on them that are abandoned vnyds and I always wonder what stories those few scraggly vines would have to tell.
My AuntDorothy (a gem of a lady if there ever were one..from Humbolt, KS), who lived in Upland, always loved to tell me the story as a young tyke (not all that long ago) about how Cucamonga got its name: There used to be a stagecoach stop back in the 1800's there that had a kitchen to feed the travelers, but had no cook. When the stagecoach would pull up to the stop, the proprietor would come out & throw open the stagecoach door and bark out: "Is there a cook among ya". The name stuck.
You have to poke around in Cucamonga to find these ghosts, but they're there. Mostly it's now strip shopping malls and fast food joints.
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Re: SFChron: Bonne on Cucamonga

Postby Carl Eppig » Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:15 pm

Great stories; yours and Bonne's. We've stopped and eaten a couple of times in Cucamonga and were completely unaware of the legacies.
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Re: SFChron: Bonne on Cucamonga

Postby Lou Kessler » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:21 pm

Is there a cook among you? Not a Shoshone word? Tom, I think you've become the king of old wifes tales.
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Well....

Postby TomHill » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:30 pm

Lou Kessler wrote:Is there a cook among you? Not a Shoshone word? Tom, I think you've become the king of old wifes tales.


Well...my AuntDorothy was telling me that story back in the '40's-'50's. She picked it up from Google. If you read it on the InterNet...
then it's gotta be true!!
Actually, I think it's an Indian word for "sandy place". My Aunt's story, though, I like much better. I think it probably came
from JackBenny. I know...before your time, Lou!!! :-)
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Re: SFChron: Bonne on Cucamonga

Postby Lou Kessler » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:38 pm

ShoShone is an Indian tribe. Practically nothing is before my time. But with your family permission I would love to use "Is there a cook among you."
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And A Followup...

Postby TomHill » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:47 pm

Neat followup by Jon:
Bonne/Cucamonga
with some pretty neat old-timey pics.
Darrell was to one who introduced me to Cucamonga dessert wines back in the '70's. I've had some Angelicas that were stunning.
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Re: SFChron: Bonne on Cucamonga

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:52 pm

Very nice article. When I was living down there, just after getting out of college, I had friends who'd visit the local vineyards every now and then. The wine they brought back was always awful, but I don't remember any sherry or angelica. Figures that Darrell would keep the Rancho de Philo sherry on the shelf, probably right next to the Harbor Winery Mission del Sol.

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