12th August – First Kiwi Wine Under Screwcap Released Today 2001

The first wine from the New Zealand Screwcap Wine Seal Initiative, formed by 28 growers, is launched today 13th August 2001. The Kim Crawford Marlborough Dry Riesling 2001 heralds the new wave of wine bottle closures in New Zealand. Twenty eight producers have committed to using the screwcap wine … [Read more...]

10th August – Screwcap Patented Today 1889

On 10th August 1889, Dan Rylands of Barnsley in the UK patented the screwcap. It was some time, however, before this advance in bottle and jar closures was used on wine bottles. Zinfandel is merely a signature away from becoming California’s ‘historic wine.’ Sen. Carole Migden’s SB 1253, calling … [Read more...]

9th August – William Vere Cruess – Food Tech Pioneer Born Today 1886

William Vere Cruess (August 9th 1886 - March 13th 1968) was an American food scientist who pioneered the use of fruits to produce fruit-juice beverages, fruit-based concentrates and syrups. He was one of the first investigators in the United States to use freezing storage for preservation of fruits … [Read more...]

8th May – Emile Christian Hansen – Yeast Pioneer – Born Today 1842

Wilhelm V., Duke of Bavaria (1579 – 1597), had a thirsty and demanding royal household, which was dissatisfied with the beer brewed in Munich. As a result, beer had to be imported to Munich from the city of Einbeck in Lower Saxony. Wilhelm ordered his royal court to come up with a way to reconcile … [Read more...]

20th January – 340 yo Oak Felled for Barrels Today 2006

Barrels From Ancient Felled Oak to Make Chateau Latour Wine Owners of some of the world’s grandest vineyards gather today, January 20, 2006, to witness the felling of a 340-year-old oak that will be made into barrels for ageing their wine. The 120-ft Morat tree was planted in about 1665 in the … [Read more...]

13th August – First NZ Screwcap Wine Launched Today 2001

The first wine from the New Zealand Screwcap Wine Seal Initiative, formed by 28 growers, is launched today 13th August 2001. The Kim Crawford Marlborough Dry Riesling 2001 heralds the new wave of wine bottle closures in New Zealand. Twenty eight producers have committed to using the screwcap wine … [Read more...]

10th August – The Screwcap Invented Today 1889

On 10th August 1889, Dan Rylands of Barnsley in the UK patented the screwcap. It was some time, however, before this advance in bottle and jar closures was used on wine bottles.   Zinfandel is merely a signature away from becoming California’s ‘historic wine.’ Sen. Carole Migden’s SB … [Read more...]

8th May – Emile Christian Hansen Born Today 1842

Emile Christian Hansen,  (born May 8, 1842, Ribe, Denmark—died August 27, 1909, Copenhagen). He was a Danish botanist who developed new methods to culture yeast. Hansen, who began his working life as a journeyman house painter, received a Ph.D. in 1877 from the University of Copenhagen. Two years … [Read more...]