December 14th - This Date in Wine History


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.

  • George Washington died in 1799.  He was a member of the Virginia’s House of Burgesses from 1758-1765.  He plied the voters with 170 gallons of rice punch, beer, wine, hard cider and brandy.

  • Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes the French painter was born in 1824.  He is known for his work, The Wine Press.

  • ‘I heard it Through the Grapevine’ by Marvin Gaye was #1 on the charts in 1968.

  • Spain's Conca de Barberá DO was created in 1989.

  • Chile's Declaration of Appellations was approved in 1994.

  • Oregon's Applegate Valley AVA was designated in 2000.