Inventory of the Dorothy and André Tchelistcheff Collection D-654

Liz Phillips
University of California, Davis Library, Dept. of Special Collections
2019
1st Floor, Shields Library, University of California
100 North West Quad
Davis, CA 95616-5292
speccoll@ucdavis.edu


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis Library, Dept. of Special Collections
Title: Dorothy and André Tchelistcheff Collection
Creator: Tchelistcheff, Dorothy E.
Identifier/Call Number: D-654
Physical Description: 9.4 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1937-2018
Date (bulk): 1970-2001
Abstract: Scrapbooks, photograph albums, clippings, awards, memorabilia, and papers curated by Dorothy Tchelistcheff, wife of André Tchelistcheff. The bulk of the collection documents winemaker André Tchelistcheff's life and work from 1967-1994, especially his work with Beaulieu Vineyards, and memorial events in his honor from 1994 to 2001. The collection also includes a small amount of material related to André Tchelistcheff's early education and arrival in the United States.
Physical Location: Researchers should contact Archives and Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.

Biography

Winemaker André Tchelistcheff (1901-1994), known as "the dean of wine" and "the Maestro", studied agriculture in Czechoslovakia at the University of Brno and later studied viticulture and enology at the Pasteur Institute and the Institut National Agronomique in Paris. He came to California in 1938 at the invitation of Georges de Latour, owner of Beaulieu Vineyard, who was seeking a winemaker who could bring European methods to his winery. During his time at Beaulieu, Tchelistcheff introduced the now standard practices of fermenting white wines in a cold room and using malolactic fermentation as an essential part of making red wines. Tchelistcheff remained at Beaulieu until his retirement in 1973, after which he worked as a consulting enologist for many winemakers and wineries, including Robert Mondavi, Louis M. Martini, Franciscan Vineyards, Firestone, Jordan, and Buena Vista in California, and Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington. Following retirement, Tchelistcheff also conducted a series of tours for winemakers through Wine Tours International, the first of which coincided with the famous 1976 Paris Tasting. In 1991, Tchelistcheff returned to Beaulieu as a consultant and worked there until his death in 1994.

Selected Awards

1986 Wine Spectator Distinguished Service Award
1990 Wine Man of the Year, Wine Industry Technical Symposium
2000 Reader's Choice Award, The Person Who Has Done the Most to Advance Wine Quality, Wine Spectator
2004 COPIA Lifetime Achievement Award
March 2007 Vintners Hall of Fame (Culinary Institute of America)
Sources:
"Andre Tchelistcheff, Lifetime Achievements 1991." The Society of Bacchus, 2019, https://www.societyofbacchus.com/andre-tchelistcheff/  . Accessed 7 October 2019.
"The Maestro." Beaulieu Vineyards, 2019, https://www.bvwines.com/en-us/winemaking . Accessed 7 October 2019.
Lord, Tony. "Andre Tchelistcheff, Decanter's Man of the Year 1992." Decanter, vol. 17, no. 7, March 1992, pp 30-34.
Perdue, Andy. "Mentor-winemaker André Tchelistcheff helped make Washington a major player." The Seattle Times, 9 May 2014, https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/mentor-winemaker-andr-tchelistcheff-helped-make-washington-a-major-player/  . Accessed 7 October 2019.
Prial, Frank J. "Andre Tchelistcheff, 92, Authority on Wine." The New York Times, 7 April 1994, https://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/07/obituaries/andre-tchelistcheff-92-authority-on-wine.html  . Accessed 7 October 2019.

Scope and Contents

Scrapbooks, photograph albums, clippings, awards, memorabilia, and papers curated by Dorothy Tchelistcheff, wife of André Tchelistcheff. The bulk of the collection documents winemaker André Tchelistcheff's life and work from 1967-1994, especially his work with Beaulieu Vineyards, and memorial events in his honor from 1994 to 2001. The collection also includes a small amount of material related to André Tchelistcheff's early education and arrival in the United States.

Processing Information

Processed by Liz Phillips with help from student assistant Aditi Sinha.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dorothy and André Tchelistcheff Collection, D-654, Archives and Special Collections, UC Davis Library, University of California, Davis.

Acquisition

Gift of Dorothy Tchelistcheff, 2019.

Publication Rights

All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Wine and wine making
Wine industry -- History
Tchelistcheff, André, 1901-
Beaulieu Vineyard (Calif.) -- History

 

Biographical Materials 1937-2018

Scope and Contents

Includes information on André Tchelistcheff's early education and arrival in the United States; biographical sketches; interviews; and publications related to his work and study.
Box  1, Folder  1

Timeline of Early Life 2007

Scope and Contents

Compiled by Dorothy Tchelistcheff
Box  1, Folder  2

Immigration to United States 1937-1938

Scope and Contents

Letters of recommendation and petitions for immigration.
Box  1, Folder  3

"Going to Mass": Account of Hunting Trip Written by Victor Tchelistcheff (André Tchelistcheff's father) undated

Box  1, Folder  4

Transcript of Interview with Margrit Biever and Regional Oral History Office Release Form 1980 1994

Scope and Contents

Interview and release form appear to be unrelated.
Box  1, Folder  5

Interviews and Cover Articles 1990-1992

Box  1, Folder  6

Biography from TheWineStalker.net: "Heroes of Wine -- André Tchelistcheff, 1901-1904" November 12, 2017

Scope and Contents

Annotated by Dorothy Tchelistcheff
Box  1, Folder  7

Letters of Commendation 1967 1979

Scope and Contents

Letter from James A. Cook to Otto Gramlow (Beaulieu Vineyards) and letter from Consul Général-Adjoint awarding Ordre du Mérite Agricole
Box  1, Folder  8

Disbursement from Estate of Mme. Helene de Pins, President of Beaulieu Vineyard 1982

Box  1, Folder  9

Wine Tours International Brochure: Darrell Corti's Wines, Foods, and the Arts of Italy 1979

Scope and Contents

Tour dates: October 4-20, 1979
Box  1, Folder  10

Four Seasons Clift Hotel: Tchelistcheff and Blue, "The Great Taste Off" 13 February 1984

Scope and Contents

André Tchelistcheff's wine rankings
Box  1, Folder  11

Letter Opposing Expansion of Alexander Valley AVA Appellation September 28, 1984

Box  1, Folder  12

Tasting Notes and Vintage Notes 1975 1985

Scope and Contents

Notes on evolution of Cabernet Sauvignon at Inglenook-Napa Valley and observations on California vintage characteristics from 1936-1973
Box  1, Folder  13

Articles: Work at Beaulieu Vineyard 1979-2004

Box 5

"'Twas the month before Christmas and all through the winery..." Hand-lettered Poem undated

Box  1, Folder  14

Condolences on André Tchelistcheff's Death 7 April 1994

Box 5

Clippings Memorializing André Tchelistcheff April 1994

Box  1, Folder  15

Commemorative Articles from Russian Publications 1994

Box  1, Folder  16

Legacy in the Wine World 1994-2013

Box  1, Folder  17

Articles: Legacy in Washington State 2014-2018

Box  1, Folder  18

A Tribute to André Tchelistcheff -- Beaulieu Vineyard 1 December 2001

Scope and Contents

Includes menu, tasting notes, and brief biography
Box  1, Folder  19

William Behrends: Sculpture of André Tchelistcheff 2002

Scope and Contents

Images of sculpture and program for unveiling event at Beaulieu Vineyards
Box 5

Article: "Andre, The Voice of Wine" 30 March 2018

Box  2, Folder  1

[Paper on Large Birds: Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, etc., V. A. Tchelistcheff] undated

Language of Material: Russian
Box  2, Folder  2

California Wine Greats: Pioneers in Building the Wine Industry of California, The Wine Spectator California Scholarship Foundation 1984

Box  2, Folder  3

California Wine Pioneers: Profiles of the State's Wine Industry Leaders, The Wine Spectator California Scholarship Foundation 1987

Box  2, Folder  4

California Wine Pioneers: Profiles of the State's Wine Industry Leaders, The Wine Spectator California Scholarship Foundation 1988

Box  2, Folder  5

The 1989 Grand Collection of Rare California Wines 1989

Scope and Contents

Monterey Wine Festival Auction benefiting the André Tchelistcheff Scholarship Fund, Christie's of New York, Auctioneers
Box  2, Folder  6

Beaulieu Vineyard, a Retrospective, 1936-1974 1984

Scope and Contents

Tasting notes
Box  2, Folder  7

University of Agriculture, Brno: History of the University 1993

Box  2, Folder  8

University of Agriculture, Brno, 1919-1994: 75th Jubilee Yearbook 1994

 

Awards and Commendations 1970-1991

Scope and Contents

Includes presentation copies of awards and commendations and commemorative plaques.
Box 3

American Society of Enologists Merit Award in the Industrial Category 27 June 1970

Scope and Contents

"In recognition and grateful appreciation for over 30 years of outstanding service to the wine and grape industry"

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Brass plaque mounted on wood
Box 5

Ordre du Mérite Agricole 12 September 1979

Scope and Contents

"Le Ministre de l'Agriculture, par arrêté en date du 12 septembre 1979 a nommé Monsieur André Tchelistcheff Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole."

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Framed certificate
object 1

Society of Wine Educators Honors André Tchelistcheff, the Winemakers' Winemaker 1983

Scope and Contents

"From Russia with love, a comet aimed at California, with a significant stop in Washington state. He has influenced more American wines and wineries than any other person with his unique brilliance."

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Brass plaque mounted on wood
Box 3

The Wine Spectator Annual Distinguished Service Award 3 November 1986

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Brass plaque mounted on wood
object 2

Dedication Plaque from Chateau Ste. Michelle 1986

Scope and Contents

"Through his vision and commitment, Chateau Ste. Michelle has emerged as one of the world's premier wineries. To André we dedicate our finest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, which he has nurtured for decades, and this tasting room, where millions enjoy the fruits of his labor.
Harvest 1986"

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Heavy bronze plaque framed by wood
Box 4

State of California Senate Rules Committee Resolution in Commendation of Napa Valley Vintners Association's Naming André Tchelistcheff one of its "Living Legends" 3 April 1987

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Framed certificate
Box 5

California State Senate Resolution Congratulating André Tchelistcheff on his 90th Birthday 19 November 1991

Box 4

California Legislature Assembly Resolution Congratulating André Tchelistcheff on His 90th Birthday 2 December 1991

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Framed certificate
 

Photographs and Scrapbooks 1967-2002

Scope and Contents

Photographs and scrapbooks documenting André Tchelistcheff's life and work from 1967-1994, especially his work with Beaulieu Vineyards, and memorial events in his honor from 1994 to 2002.
Box 12

Scrapbook: Napa County, Anti-Defamation League, Memorial Tributes 1968-2002 1992-1994

Box 7

Scrapbook: Beaulieu Vineyard; American Society of Enologists June 1969-August 1973

Box  2

Photo Album: Tastings, Friends, and Family 1972-1973

Scope and Contents

Album includes many home photographs of Christmas celebrations
Box  6, Folder  1

Chapître des vins d'Arbois - 150ème anniversaire de la naissance de Louis Pasteur 19 May 1973

Physical Description: 2 photographic prints
Box  6, Folder  22

[Robert Lawrence Balzer?] with André Tchelistcheff 23 September 1975

Scope and Contents

Photograph by Robert Lawrence Balzer
Box 8, Box 9

Scrapbooks: 1976 Paris Tour and Tasting 1976

Box  1, Folder  29

Photograph: André Tchelistcheff and Unidentified Man with Pipe, Sonoma Wine Tasting September 1978

Scope and Contents

Item found loose inside "André's 50th Vintage" photograph album
Box  1, Folder  24

Loose Scrapbook Page: Photographs of Marzipan and Paper Maché Models, Demel Bakery, Vienna 1979

Box  1, Folder  23

Loose Scrapbook Page: Signed Menu, Diner pour André Tchelistcheff, Restaurant Au Comestible, Bordeaux 30 May 1979

Scope and Contents

Dinner given by Schieffelin & Co., New York
Box  6, Folder  2

René LaCasia and André Tchelistcheff November 1979

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box  1, Folder  21

Loose Scrapbook Pages: Clippings from Australian Publications 1979-1980

Box  6, Folder  3

Wine Judges: 1st Annual Harvest Festival Fair 1970s

Physical Description: 1 photographic print

Scope and Contents

Clockwise from lower left corner: André Tcehlistcheff, Dan Rowan, Ruth Ellen Church, Bill Traverso, A. D. Webb, Alexis Bespaloff, H. W. Berg, Frank J. Prial, Burgess Meredith
Box  1, Folder  22

Loose Scrapbook Page: Signed Menu, Wine Press Club of Victoria at Jean Jacques, Seafood of France 12 March 1980

Box  1, Folder  26

André Tchelistcheff with Novelty Hat and Cigar 1980

Physical Description: 1 photographic print

Scope and Contents

Item found loose inside "André's 50th Vintage" photograph album. Back of photograph reads "Jordan party".
Box  6, Folder  4

Los Vineros (André Tchelistcheff sniffing wine) August 1982

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box  6, Folder  5

Mr. and Mrs. René Fournier with André Tchelistcheff 1986

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box 10

Scrapbook: Beaulieu Vineyard, Château Ste. Michelle; White House 1984-1993

Box  1, Folder  30

Photo Album: André's 50th Vintage 27 August 1987

Box  1, Folder  28

Large Fish on Hook 1987

Physical Description: 1 photographic print

Scope and Contents

Item found loose inside "André's 50th Vintage" photograph album
Box  6, Folder  21

John Ruden and André Tchelistcheff 1980s?

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box  6, Folder  23

André Tchelistcheff with Joe Heitz 18 November 1989

Box  6, Folder  27

André Tchelistcheff in Garden with Marco Cappelli March 1990

Box  6, Folder  25

Georgi Tushmalishvili April 1990

Box  6, Folder  26

Georgi Tushmalishvili and André Tchelistcheff April 1990

Box  6, Folder  6

Emma and Gustave Landmann 1990

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box  6, Folder  7

Photo Album: Mr. & Mme. Gérard Potel in Napa County circa 1990

Box  6, Folder  8

Dorothy Tchelistcheff (Card from The Gables, Corvallis, Oregon) 1991

Box 11

Scrapbook: Return to Beaulieu Vineyard, 90th Birthday 1991-1993

Box  6, Folder  9

André Tchelistcheff at Table with Commemorative Boot 1990s

Physical Description: 2 photographic prints
Box  6, Folder  10

André Tchelistcheff Holding up Two Potatoes 1990s

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box  6, Folder  11

André Tchelistcheff in Vineyard 1990s

Physical Description: 2 photographic prints
Box  6, Folder  12

Dorothy and André Tchelistcheff 1990s

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box  6, Folder  28

Dorothy Tchelistcheff, André Tchelistcheff, and Ann Ovodow (niece) 1990s

Box  6, Folder  24

André Tchelistcheff with Alexander Gulitzin (Quilceda Creek Winery) and Alexandra Golitzin (Alexander's mother) 1990s?

Box  1, Folder  20

Photo album: A Tribute to André Tchelistcheff -- Beaulieu Vineyard 1 December 2001

Box 13

Photo Album: Sculpture Unveiling Event at Beaulieu Vineyard 2002

Box  6, Folder  13

Dorothy Tchelistcheff Sipping Wine 2000s

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box 3

Framed Photograph: André Tchelistcheff Holding Freshly Caught Fish undated

Box  1, Folder  25

Loose Scrapbook Pages: Photographs of André Tchelistcheff Room, Bern's Steak House, Tampa, Florida undated

Box  1, Folder  27

Woman in Sari Walking on Beach undated

Physical Description: 1 photographic print

Scope and Contents

Item found loose inside "André's 50th Vintage" photograph album
Box  6, Folder  14

André Tchelistcheff at Podium undated

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box  6, Folder  15

André and Dorothy Tchelistcheff with Groups at the Wine Train undated

Physical Description: 3 photographic prints
Box  6, Folder  16

André Tchelistcheff Posing in Tuxedo undated

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box  6, Folder  17

Dorothy Tchelistcheff Posing in Long Dress undated

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box  6, Folder  18

Dorothy Tchelistcheff, Robert Mondavi, André Tchelistcheff, and Margrit Biever Mondavi undated

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box  6, Folder  19

André Tchelistcheff Dyeing Easter Eggs undated

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
Box  6, Folder  20

André Tchelistcheff Standing Next to Very Large Painting undated

Physical Description: 1 photographic print