April 12, 1548: On this specific day, Can Bonastre, in Spain, was established as a winery and Hotel.

April 12, 1861: The American Civil War began in the United States. In addition to its clear impact on the States, the war had a major impact on the Peruvian wine industry, which had been substantial under Spanish rule and the early days of independence. With cotton production dramatically declining in the southern states of the US, there was suddenly lots of money to be made in Peru by repurposing vineyards as cotton fields. Thus, in the course of the early 1860s Peru’s wine industry was largely dismantled, a situation which is only being remedied now over a century and a half later.

April 12, 1917: The United States of America joins the World War I. In an attempt to preserve the country’s food during wartime, Congress approved the Food and Fuel Act. This ordinance mase it unlawful to distill alcohol and create alcoholic beverages.

April 12, 1936: On this day, Jean-Claude Vrinat was born. Vrinat was known for running his legendary restaurant, Taillevent, which is regarded by many as the pinnacle of French cuisine. The restaurant was established in 1946 by his father. Vrinat, after becoming a wine expert, later devoted his life to the restaurant, managing it for more than 30 years. Taillevent has received up to three Michelin stars for its exemplary service, and especially its wines.

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