23rd April – Bavarian Beer Purity Law Proclaimed Today 1516

Today we raise our glass to Shakespeare and party with “The Bard.” On this day people recognize the birth of William Shakespeare. I think he actually died on this date in 1616, but since nobody really knows on which day he was born, it is today that English majors party for The Bard. Shakespeare … [Read more...]

22nd April – Act For Exporting ‘Beer, Ale and Mum’ Passed Today 1671

April 22, 1671: King Charles II sat in on English parliament after which he gave his Royal Assent to the several Bills that were presented to him, fourteen private Acts, and eighteen public, including an act for exporting “Beer, Ale, and Mum.” … [Read more...]

21st April – Slow News Day in the Wine World

April 21st, 1997: Gene Roddenberry’s Ashes Launched Into Space Today we mark the moment when a portion of the mortal remains of Gene Roddenberry, creator of the Star Trek franchise, finally “slipped the surly bonds of earth” and truly reached the final frontier. Launched from a Pegasus XL rocket … [Read more...]

19th April – National Amaretto Day Today

April 19 is National Amaretto Day Amaretto is a popular Italian liqueur that is commonly added to many dishes and beverages. The almond flavoring comes from apricot kernel oil, burnt sugar, and spices. Did you know that the word “amaretto” means slightly bitter? This refers to the occasional bitter … [Read more...]

18th April – Wine Saved SF Files Today 1906

April 15 is normally tax day (USA). But since Emancipation Day was celebrated in DC on Friday April 15th, the tax due date was moved to today, Monday April 18th. That is definitely an excuse to drink. On an unseasonably warm Tuesday evening in April 1906, the Grand Opera House in the heart of … [Read more...]

17th April – Maynard James Keenan – Winery Owner Born Today 1964

Maynard James Keenan (born James Herbert Keenan; April 17, 1964) is an American rock singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor. Originally from Ohio, Keenan spent his high school and college years in Michigan. After serving in the Army in the early 1980s, he attended … [Read more...]

16th April – Slow News Day in The Wine World

Muslim cab drivers at Minnesota's biggest airport will face new penalties including a two-year revocation of their taxi permits if they refuse to give rides to travelers carrying liquor or accompanied by dogs, the board overseeing operations ruled Monday April 16,2007. The Metropolitan Airports … [Read more...]

15th April – Oz Wine Legend Sam McWilliam Born Today 1830

The McWilliam family name stands for a long, rich history of and award winning winemaking. One of Australia's oldest family wineries, McWilliam's Wines has six generations and more than 130 years of winemaking experience. The people behind the name have imparted their knowledge, skill and passion … [Read more...]

14th April – Oz Boutique Winery Legend; Max Lake Died Today 2009

Max Emory Lake, (24 July 1924 – 14 April 2009) was an Australian winemaker and surgeon, who is generally regarded as the “father of the Australian boutique wine industry”. Lake was born in 1924 in Albany, in upstate New York in the United States, where his parents, David and Hannah, worked in the … [Read more...]

13th April – Oz Wine Legend Dan Tyrrell Died Today 1959

Edward George Young (Dan) Tyrrell (1871- 13 April 1959), vigneron, was born on 9 July 1871 at Owlpen, near Maitland, New South Wales, second of ten children of Edward Tyrrell, a vigneron from England, and his native-born wife Susan, née Hungerford. Edward senior had come to Australia in 1850 on the … [Read more...]