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.
Jean François Champollion was born in 1790. He was known for deciphering the Rosetta Stone. It contains records from Ptolemy V including donations of wine to temples and vineyard harvests.
Bonfort’s Wine and Spirit Circular reports that weather on this date in 1889 had been so bad that there were fewer customers to purchase brandy in Charentes.
California's Redwood Valley AVA was designated in 1996.
Happy Festivus. Please watch your imbibing of spirits before the airing of grievances or feats of strength.