29th July – Thierry Jacquillat, Pernod Ricard Head Born Today 1938

Thierry Jacquillat, born today 29th July 1938 in Versailles France, died January 2010, was president of Paris-ile de France Capitale Economique and former number 2 of Pernod Ricard. In his almost 40 years with Pernod Ricard, Thierry Jacquillat helped transform a French family-run business with 1,100 … [Read more...]

28th July – József Törley – Master Sparkling Wine Maker Died Today 1907

József Törley (10th January 1858 - 28th July 1907). Törley established one of the most successful brands of sparkling wine outside of the French Champagne region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 19th century, production of champagne style sparkling wines became popular in Europe and … [Read more...]

27th July – More Wine News Today

American tennis player and a Napa Valley vintner Margaret Jessee Warren died today 27th July 2001 aged 79. In 1938, she won the National 18 and Under doubles title and reached the final in singles, and reached the singles final at Cincinnati, before falling to Virginia Hollinger, 6-2, 6-3. She also … [Read more...]

26th July – Jean-Rémy Moët and Napoleon – Today 1807

Jean-Rémy Moët first met Napoléon Bonaparte in 1782 at the military academy of Brienne-le-Château when Moët was soliciting orders for his family champagne firm. Jean-Rémy Moët took over from his father, Nicolas-Claude, in 1792. As the mayor of Epernay in 1801 one of his duties was to receive … [Read more...]

25th July – One of the First CA Wineries Started Today 1797

Mission San Miguel, Arcangel was founded on 25th July 1797 by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen, who was a successor of Father Junipero Serra as Presidente of the missions. Some two years earlier the site was selected for the mission which was to be named for the "Most Glorious Prince of the … [Read more...]

24th July – First Royal Vineyard Visit Today 2007

24th July 2007 His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent became the first member of the Royal Family to officially visit an English vineyard when he visited Leventhorpe Vineyard in Leeds. The visit was arranged by the West Yorkshire Lieutenancy in connection with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The … [Read more...]

23rd July – Robert Parker – Wine Critic – Born Today 1947

Robert M. Parker, Jr. was born today 23rd July in 1947. Parker is a leading U.S. wine critic with an international influence. His ratings on a 100-point scale and his florid tasting notes, published in his newsletter The Wine Advocate, define modern American wine criticism and are a major factor in … [Read more...]

22nd July – Original Mayflower – USA Settlers Ship was in the Wine Trade

The rest of this article is well known history, but now you can say the Mayflower was originally used in the ‘wine trade’. The English ship the Mayflower carried the Separatist Puritans, later known as pilgrims, to Plymouth, Mass., in 1620. The 180-ton vessel was about 12 years old and had been in … [Read more...]

21st July – News in the Wine World

Oak Heights winery Ontario, Canada opened for business on 21st July 2007. Ian Fraser purchased the property in 2000 after visiting California, Burgundy and Australia. No one has grown grapes commercially in the area due to high altitudes and distance from any moderating lake effect. Fraser is … [Read more...]

20th July – England Tops Bubbly Awards Today 2006

20th July 2006, England triumphed as the most successful country for bottle fermented sparkling wines, scooping the Trophy and top medals at the The International Wine & Spirit Competition (http://www.iwsc.net). Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 1998 (http://www.nyetimber.com) won the Trophy for Bottle … [Read more...]