April 2, 1900: On this day, Robert Koch was the first person to show that bacteria recovered from one wine might reduce the acidity of another wine when they were introduced into it. This landmark accomplishment was a significant step forward in developing the science behind wine fermentation in the modern world.
April 2, 1941: On this day, the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, also known as the C.I.V.C. (Vignerons et Maisons de Champagne), was founded to manage the Champagne wine area under the government. In place of the Bureau de Contact, it delivered rare or limited-supply raw materials during World War II and acted as a middleman in the planning of delivery to the Germans.
April 2, 1986: On this day, the Lodi area was finally accorded its due respect, and vintners were granted permission to include the Lodi Appellation on their bottles. There are now more than 85 wineries in the Lodi area and seven unique sub-appellations, and the region is particularly well-known for its Zinfandels.
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