3rd September – Slow News Day in the Wine World

2003-Chateau Rives Blanques - This year’s harvest got off to a brilliant start on September 3rd and came to a brilliant close today with a traditional harvesters’ lunch. Apart from a few wobbly bits in between, the weather was perfect throughout. The excessive heat of the summer brought our harvest … [Read more...]

2nd September – September Declared National Bourbon Month Today 2007

108,500 Tons Harvested - Washington winemakers and wine grape growers felt the 2003 vintage was among the best in history, particularly for red wine varieties. Hot weather hit late in the growing season, nudging the fruit to reach flavor and structural ripeness. Grape harvest began on September 2 in … [Read more...]

31st August – Len Evans – Aus Wine Master Born Today 1930

Leonard Paul Evans AO OBE born 31st August 1930 and died 17th August 2006, was an English-born Australian promoter, maker, judge, taster, teacher and drinker of wine. The Oxford Companion to Wine writes that he did "... more to advance the cause of wine in Australia than any other individual." … [Read more...]

30th August – Michael Jackson – Wine Writer Died Today 2007

Agoston Haraszthy born 30th August 1812 in Pest, Hungary died on 6th July 1869 in Corinto, Nicaragua. Haraszthy was known as the "Father of California Viticulture" or the "Father of Modern Winemaking in California." He founded the Buena Vista vineyards (now Buena Vista Carneros) in Sonoma, … [Read more...]

29th August – Congress Reduces Liquor Ration Today 1842

On 29th August 1842, Congress reduced the amount of liquor issued in the daily ration to one gill (1/4 pint). Also no commissioned officer, midshipman, or enlisted man below the age of 21 was allowed to draw his liquor ration in US Navy. Suntory Japan began marketing WHITE <super CLEAN> … [Read more...]

28th August – Nikola “Nick” Nobilo NZ Wine Legend Died Today 2007

Nikola "Nick" Nobilo, 94, whose company became the second-largest in New Zealand's wine industry, died today August 28th 2007 in Auckland. No cause of death was reported Mr Nobilo, a Croatian immigrant, arrived in New Zealand in the early 1940s and started planting vines at Huapai, northwest of … [Read more...]

27th August – Slow News Day in the Wine World

Glazers had appointed David Lockie as president of the Illinois-based Union Beverage Company, effective today August 27th 2007. … [Read more...]

26th August – 1st World Sauv Blanc Congress Today 2008

First World Sauvignon Blanc Congress opens today 26th August 2008 in Graz, Austria. http://www.worldsauvignon.com/ On August 26,1998 Suntory will begin nationwide marketing of Suntory Limited Beer Fukairi Bakushu, which is made of 100% malt. The company annually releases four different limited … [Read more...]

25th August – Slow News Day in the Wine World

Constellation Wines celebrated the grand opening of an expanded state-of-the-art crush facility at Blackstone Winery today August 25th 2006 which cost the company $9 million. The winery’s capacity has been extended from 45,000 tons to 75,000, making it Monterey County’s largest winemaking facility … [Read more...]

24th August – Slow News Day in the Wine World

On Tuesday, August 24th 2004 Pittsburgh Brewing Company shipped 20,000 cases of Iron City Beer in the new 12-ounce aluminium package to distribution centres in 30 states. This marked the first major launch of a beer packaged in aluminium bottles. Remarkably, the initial units had sold out in less … [Read more...]