December 21st - 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.

  • John Otto Donner of Jersey City, NJ is issued a patent for treating wine, beer and liquors with salts of magnesia in 1869.

  • The Lamezia DOC was created 1978

  • The Lizzano DOC  and Rosso di Montepulciano DOC were created in 1988

  • Spain's Arlanza DO was created in 2007

  • Today is the German celebration of Yule.  Enjoy a cup of Glühwein, a type of mulled wine.

  • The ancient Roman’s celebrated Brumalia.  Vine growers would sacrifice a goat to Bacchus.