April 3, 1840: On this day, Antoine Alciatore opened his eponymous restaurant Antoine’s for business. The establishment became a cornerstone of the institution of canonizing French Creole cuisine, and it has held a vast collection of wines for 175 years. While the venue’s initial wine collection was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the staff has steadily rebuilt it.

April 3, 1863: On this day, the destruction of the phylloxera plague occurred; it is unclear what caused the first vineyards in the southern Rhône area of France to begin to decline. The issue quickly becomes widespread across the continent. The phylloxera pest, a microscopic yellow louse carried to Europe via American native vines by botanists working in the Victorian era, was responsible for destroying Europe’s vineyards.

April 3rd, 2001: On this day, the Agreement of April 3, 2001, formed the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), which takes the place of the International Vine and Wine Office. An intergovernmental body works with the technical and scientific facets of viticulture and winemaking. The production of grapes for all purposes, such as table grapes and raisins, is included in the field of OIV . The compilation of worldwide statistics in its sector is one of OIV’s undertakings. The (OIV) offers techniques for evaluating wine color using a spectrophotometer and computing indices in the Lab color space. Most people now understand how color affects wine’s scent and flavor because of scientific advancements in the sector.

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