Alexandria, Ky. April 21
To the Honorable Members of the American Wine Grower's Association:
Gentlemen: - Herewith, I present you with one bottle of pure Catawba Wine, which you will please accept. The wine is manufactured by myself after the following manner: I take all my fruit from the stem by a machine invented by myself, by which two men can stem sufficient in one hour to make one hundred gallons. The picking from the stem is done after all the faulty grapes are taken from the bunches. I draw my wine off in the fall, as soon as clear, which I consider very essential to the quality of the wine.
Yours Respectfully, Frederick Brown
from a letter to the meeting of American Wine-Growers' Association, meeting in Cincinnati, and recorded in the Cincinnati Daily Press, April 30,1860