The world changed rapidly during the Sixties, and so did our valley. The back-to-the-land movement introduced revolutionary notions of consciousness and culture.
It is believed that the great wines of Sonoma Valley can be traced back to his tutelage in the late Forties and early Fifties.
Robert Sylvester de Ropp
Robert de Ropp was a well-known English biochemist who studied with P. D. Ouspensky who eventually found himself in the center of the burgeoning human potential movement.
Hunter S. Thompson
The notorious gonzo writer stayed in Glen Ellen early in his career, drawn here by his fascination with the total immersion journalism that had been developed by his hero Jack London.
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (1908-1992), better known to her devoted readers as MFK Fisher, was a preeminent American food writer. She wrote some 27 books, including a translation of The Physiology of Taste by Brillat-Savarin, and believed that eating well was just one of the “arts of life”.