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...]

19th July – More Trademarks in the Wine World Today

9th Gallo trademark registered on 19th July 1994. The earliest Gallo trademark dates back to 1953. The GALLO trademarks are also registered in the individual states of the United States and in 120 other countries throughout the world The Winery was founded in 1933, by two brothers, Ernest Gallo … [Read more...]

17th July – Phylloxera Was Ravaging France Today 1891

Phylloxera was ravaging the French countryside, vine ‘pulls’ had started and the country was desperate for a solution. On the 17th July 1891 the ‘Syndicat antiphylloxérique’, commonly known as the ‘Grand Syndicate’ was formed. Large grants from the agriculture department, the state, the Chamber of … [Read more...]

15th July – James Busby – Father of Australian Wine Died Today 1871

James Busby (7th February 1801 - 15th July 1871) is widely regarded as the "father" of the Australian wine industry who imported the first grapevine stock from Spain and France to Australia. He was New Zealand's first public servant who in March 1832 was appointed to the position of British Resident … [Read more...]

14th July – First Ice Made by Refrigeration Today 1850 – Cocktails Never the Same Again

Even the revolutionaries on Bastille Day, 14th July 1789, considered Champagne the appropriate wine to celebrate with on the Champ de Mars 14th July 1850 was the first public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration and no cocktail has been the same since. 14th to 17th July 1994, Fourth … [Read more...]