January 7th - This Date in Wine History

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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. 

  • Catherine of Aragon died in 1536. After the birth of her first child, Henry, Duke of Cornwall was born guns were fired, bells were rung, fires lit and free wine was given to the public. The baby did not survive.

  • Joseph Bonaparte was born in 1768. He was made King of Spain by his brother Napoleon. He was very unpopular in Spain where they called his Pepe Botella despite being a teetotaler.

  • Joseph Dennie, American author and journalist died in 1812. He was a Federalist who also published under the names Oliver Oldschool, Academicus and Sociais. He was described as having health trouble throughout his life as well as a predilection for wine.

  • The Barolo DOCG designation was established in 1980.