THIS POST WAS REVISED 4/22/2017 – We’re researching some information.
Carbone Wine Muscatel Bottle – Pre-Prohibition
Krissy’s husband, Greg Nauretz, bought this bottle online several months ago. He got the bottle at the same time he acquired the California White Port Wine Bottle, bottled by A Carbone & Co. Inc. for Davis Brothers Drug Co. under their DB Hillside Brand label [See TrueItalianTable.com.] The bottles came from Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Wyoming reference is relevant since Grandpa Carbone *went to Wyoming when Colorado instigated prohibition a year before the rest of the country. Apparently he was bottling wine in Cheyenne; in fact, this bottle may be one of those bottles, even though the bottle is labeled “Bottled by A Carbone & Co. Inc. – Denver, Colorado.” The glass suggests that it may be pre-prohibition. Was it bottled here or in Wyoming? We’re doing more research, any new information will be posted here.
As far as I know, this is the oldest bottle that we have. The bottle itself is brown glass; the label, I want to say, is very simply designed – much more so than our other bottles. The “shield” is different and it was placed below the “CARBONE BRAND” lettering. There are no tax stamps, just a printed phrase on the label “REFILLED FROM A TAX PAID PACKAGE.” There are no references to COLORADO WINES or BONDED WINERY NO. ONE. The only embossment in the glass, are the words “ONE QUART.”
*I’m waiting for Claudia Carbone to comment on this point, John Porfilio says that “Colorado “went dry” before the rest of the country, so grandpa moved his operation to Cheyenne until prohibition took effect. He returned here an[sic] started his pasta factory.” (see comments below) Hopefully, Claudia can give us more information.
*”Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.”
I’m researching vintage pre-prohibition wine bottles and I’ll report back here if I find anything relevant.
Carbone Wine Muscatel Bottle – *Pre-Prohibition