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.
The rebellion know as the Sicilian Vespers began in 1282. The rebellion against the Angevin King Charles I started when French officials joined locals at Palermo’s Church of the Holy Spirit to celebrate Easter and began to drink. A French soldier dragged a local (married) woman from the crowd and began pestering her. Her husband then killed the dude and all hell broke out. The trouble started at vespers or sunset.
The Florida Territory was created in 1822. The area includes wine making regions, Fort Caroline and St. Augustine.
Vincent Van Gogh was born in 1853. Along with his paintings of Sunflowers, Starry Nights and his bedroom in Arles, he also painted still lifes of the foods and beverages in his kitchen.
Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula AVA was designated in 1982.
Tom Angove, inventor of the wine cask (aka bag in a box) died in 2010.