Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history. In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.
- The Battle of Sluys takes place off the coast of Flanders in 1340. The French had disrupted English shipping of wool and wine which lead to this sea battle. The English, under Edward IIIwon decisively with most of the French ships being destroyed or taken.
- John Cabot landed in what is now known as Newfoundland in 1497. He was the first European to to explore the region since the Vikings landed there and called it Vinland.
- Prince Leo (Lev) Galitzine founder of wine-making in Crimea was born in 1845.