No Filter: Wine for tithing? Toquerville winery

FEATURE — A winery in Toquerville? It’s true. John C. Naegle built the “Big House,” known today as “The Winery,” to use as headquarters for his business enterprises. He had to move to Mexico because of his polygamist practices, however, and the home was never finished but its historic intrigue remains.

In 1980, the building was restored and finished to be a home, which it remains today.

In Episode 58 of the “No Filter Show,” co-hosts Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair travel to Toquerville to see The Winery and meet with John Naegle’s heirs. The Winery once produced over three thousand gallons of wine in just one year; and, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took its tithe in kind, that would be wine … for a time.

Sour grapes?

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  • radioviking July 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Great episode – boys! More history: Joseph Smith drank wine quite a bit (socially and in ritual–see his journals volume 1 if you don’t believe me). Too bad ol’ Brigham changed so many things! Mormons need to change their “word of wisdom” from Pres. Brigham Young’s altered version.

    On a personal note: Most Mormons I know and live by would be a lot more enjoyable to be around if they drank some wine once in a while. Loosen up and chill a little bit— instead of getting doped up on antidepressants because of the stress and anxiety of their “be perfect” Pharisee-like culture.

  • native born new mexican July 12, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    If you would like to see the wine barrel and many other pieces of southern Utah history it is in the Daughters of the Utah pioneers museum in St George. It is a fun place to visit.

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