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.
Hannah Glasse, author of The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy was born in 1708. Her cookbook included instructions for country wines and raisin wines
In 1903, Cornelius Kingsley Garrison Billings, wealthy industrialist, horseman and tycoon hosted an eccentric horsed dinner where all the guests were seated on a horse and ate off of silver trays affixed to the saddles. Guests also drank 1898 Krug Champagne from rubber tubes to iced bottles in their saddlebags. The dinner was held at Louis Sherry’s restaurant.
The Bianco di Pitigliano DOC was created in 1966.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG designation was established in 1968.
The Southeastern New England AVA was designated in 1984.
California's Santa Clara Valley AVA was designated in 1989.
The French have a saying, « À la Saint-Gontran, espoir s'il fait beau, pain et vin se font voir. » or "At Saint-Gontran, hope if the weather is nice, bread and wine are visible. "