April 10, 1663: Samuel Pepys, best known in the modern day for his extensive diaries detailing his daily life in 17th century London, was served a vintage of Haut Brion (spelled Ho Bryan in his account) at the Royal Oak Tavern. His brief judgement on the wine in his diary, “that hath a good and most particular taste that I never met with,” is considered the earliest surviving instance of wine criticism in the English language.

April 10, 2016: On this day, the first episode of The Wine Show was released. Each week, there is a spotlight on local wines, the winemakers who craft them, and the histories and traditions of the vineyards. There is also a regular segment on wine devices which keep wine fresh for transport. The show also includes international segments from wine specialists Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer.

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