April 6, 1623: This day marks the beginning of Cabernet Franc’s wide establishment from vine cuttings. Cardinal Richelieu is credited for bringing cuttings of the Cabernet Franc vine to the Loire Valley from the Libournais area of southwest France. This led to the establishment of the Cabernet Franc grape variety.

April 6, 1988: On this day, Tempranillo wine was pioneered. A wine farmer at a Tempranillo vineyard in Murillo de Ro Leza, located in the La Rioja area of northern Spain, created the first Tempranillo Blanco.

April 6, 2006: On this day, according to reports, Russian health and sanitary authorities instituted a ban of Georgian and Moldovan wines with a deadline of May 1. Pesticides and heavy metals were discovered in the wines, according to investigators. The list of forbidden products was swiftly expanded to include brandy and sparkling wine. For more information, see this archived New York Times article.

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