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.
Saint Roseline de Villeneuve died in 1329. Her shrine is now a winery in Provence.
Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy was born in 1342. He outlawed the cultivation of the Gamay grape in favor of pinot noir. to improve the quality of Burgundy wines.
Lola Montez, royal courtesan of Ludwig I of Bavaria, who's antics incited the people to rebellion by breaking a champagne glass over the head of a police officer died in 1861. Despite her claims of being a Spanish dancer, she was in fact an Irish peasant.
It is the feast day of Saint Sulpice The Pious. He was buried at a basilica in Navis near a number of vineyards.