On the 14 August 1889, a French law was promulgated defining wine as “the product of the partial or complete fermentation of fresh grapes or their juice”.
That definition had so far been consensual and was based on a definition of wine as a product solely made out of grapes or musts from grapes. Such a definition comes from a French bill dating back to August 14th, 1889, called “loi Griffe”, which is cited in the following bills that gave birth to the “Appellations d’Origine Contrôlées” between 1905 and 1935. It was voted by the International Organization of Vine and Wine when it was founded in 1924, and then it spread to the wine world.
Todd Williams, co-founder of Russian River Valley’s Toad Hollow Vineyards died today 14th August 2007 at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Sonoma County aged 69.
In 1993 Todd partnered with Rodney Strong, who had just sold his namesake winery, to create Toad Hollow Vineyards. They released just 3,000 cases in 1994 and have grown to over 100,000 cases in 2007, according to winebusiness.com. Since then, the company has added new brands including Eye of the Toad, Cacophony, Rod’s Pride and Askew. Todd, otherwise known as Dr. Toad, was a well-loved figure in the California wine industry.
Catherine Jessup has agreed to serve as CFO for Diageo North America, effective today August 14th 2007. Jessup succeeds Deirdre Mahlan who was promoted to a global position within Diageo Plc.