19th September – Dr. Bailey Carrodus Aussie Wine Legend Died Today 2008

Vale Dr. Bailey Carrodus: eccentric and enigmatic Australian winemaker (7 March 1930 to 19 September 2008) A pioneer winemaker who founded Yarra Yering in the cool-climate Yarra Valley of Victoria in Australia, Bailey Carrodus was something of an enigma and an acknowledged eccentric. He reminded … [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...]

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...]

19th August – Father of Chaptalisation Died Today 1695

Christopher Merret born February 16th 1614 and died today August 19th 1695, was an English physician and scientist. He was the first to document the deliberate addition of sugar for the production of sparkling wine and produced the first list of British birds. Two wine festivals were celebrated … [Read more...]

6th August – Baron Elie Robert de Rothschild Died Today 2007

Baron Elie Robert de Rothschild, who helped France's renowned Rothschild winemaking and banking dynasty recover from World War II, died Monday August 6th 2007 while vacationing at his Austrian hunting lodge. He was 90. The family's prestigious Chateau Lafite-Rothschild winery, for whom Elie de … [Read more...]

29th July – Thierry Jacquillat, Pernod Ricard Head Born Today 1938

Thierry Jacquillat, born today 29th July 1938 in Versailles France, died January 2010, was president of Paris-ile de France Capitale Economique and former number 2 of Pernod Ricard. In his almost 40 years with Pernod Ricard, Thierry Jacquillat helped transform a French family-run business with 1,100 … [Read more...]

27th July – More Wine News Today

American tennis player and a Napa Valley vintner Margaret Jessee Warren died today 27th July 2001 aged 79. In 1938, she won the National 18 and Under doubles title and reached the final in singles, and reached the singles final at Cincinnati, before falling to Virginia Hollinger, 6-2, 6-3. She also … [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...]

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...]