14th August – Wine First Defined Today 1889

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. … [Read more...]

10th June – Alexander the Great Dead Today 323BC from Fever or Too Much Wine

10th June, 323 BC - Alexander the Great, Macedonian king, dies from either fever or excessive wine at 32. It was May of 323 BC and Alexander the Great was in Baghdad. The thirty-two-year-old King of Macedonia had spent the past thirteen years conquering much of the known world. In the process, he … [Read more...]

10th April – ‘Cult’ Wine Born Today 1663

THE birth of the cult of fine wine can be dated precisely. On April 10th 1663, Samuel Pepys, diarist and man-about-London, noted that he had enjoyed “a sort of French wine called Ho Bryan that hath a good and most particular taste that I never met with”. He drank what is now called Château Haut … [Read more...]

2nd April – Charlemagne – Emperor and Winelover Born Today 742

Emperor Charlemagne was so fond of the red wine from his fine Corton vineyards that, in his enthusiasm, he would sometimes spill it, coloring his noble beard. His wife felt the stains were hardly appropriate for her husband, the Holy Roman Emperor. To silence her complaints, he ordered some of the … [Read more...]

20th February – 1st Wine Auction Held Today 1673

20th February 1673 - 1st recorded wine auction held (London) REPEAL OF THE 18TH AMENDMENT 20th February, 1933: A majority of the house had voted for the repeal of the 18th Amendment, which had prohibited the sale and distribution of all alcohol. This occurred after the entire U.S. nation had … [Read more...]

15th February – 1,400 Year Old Wine Press Uncovered Today 2010

1,400 YEAR-OLD BYZANTINE WINE PRESS UNCOVERED 15 Feb 2010 The press, unearthed during an excavation by the Israel Antiquities Authority, is one of the largest ever discovered in Israel. One of the largest wine presses ever revealed in an archaeological excavation in the country, which was used to … [Read more...]

13th February – Blame the TSA Body Scanners on Wine Research

Airport security has received a lot of attention recently in light of enhanced screening procedures that caused concern for personal privacy and individual liberties.  However, a professor at University of California Davis has invented and patented technology that could aid airport security in a … [Read more...]

2nd February – First Wine Made in South Africa Today 1659

South African wine has a history dating back to 1659, and at one time Constantia was considered one of the greatest wines in the world. Access to international markets has unleashed a burst of new energy and new investment. Production is concentrated around Cape Town, with major vineyard and … [Read more...]

19th December – EU and US Pass Wine Agreement Today 2005

Yesterday 19th December, 2005 the EU approved an agreement on U.S. wine imports into the European wine market although Germany, Austria, Portugal and Lithuania opposed the decision. For starters Germany wants a “purity law” to protect Euro wines. The German Farm Minister Horst Seehofer has … [Read more...]

8th October – Wine Flows From Kitchen Taps Today 2008

Inhabitants of a tiny Italian town thought there had been a miraculous intervention yesterday when wine started flowing from the taps in their kitchens. The 'miracle' occurred during the town's annual harvest festival, the Sagra dell' Uva, in Marino, south of Rome. A huge crowd, gathered in the … [Read more...]