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.
- Hieronymus Bock, a German botanist, physician and minister died in 1554. He is the first person documented to use the term Riesling in his Kreutterbuch (Plant Book).
- Jeanne Calment, the French supercentenarian who lived to 122 years, 164 days was born in 1875. She was known to smoke a cigar or cigarette and drink a small glass of Port everyday from ages 111-114.
- Bonfort’s Wine and Spirit Circular reports that the steamer San Juan sailed for Panama in 1890 with a consignment of California wines.
- Lidia Bastianich was born in 1947 in Pula, Croatia. She is one of the owners of Bastianich Winery in Friuli, Italy with her son, Joe.
- Spain's Dominio de Valdepusa Vino de Pago was created in 2003. It is located in Malpica de Tajo