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.
James VI of Scotland became James I of England and Ireland after the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. Later in his reign James suffered from arthritis, gout and kidney stones and was described as having urine, “dark red color of Alicante wine”. (That ain’t right)
Pieter de Hooch, a Dutch painter died in 1684. He is known for “A Woman Drinking with Two Men” and “A Woman and Two Men in an Arbor”.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died in 1882. An American poet and educator, he is the author of “Ode to Catawba Wine”.
The Coteaux-Varois AOC was created in 1993. The primary grapes are Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut, Mourvédre, Syrah and Carignan.
The Cour-Cheverny AOC was created in 1993. The only grape allowed for this wine is Romorantin.