August 18, 1983: On this day, Hermann AVA was approved and established. This viticultural area has a long history prior to its establishment – German settlers were growing large numbers of grapes and developing wine as far back as the 1840s and ‘50s. In the current day, it is known for producing a wide variety of wine styles and grapes.
August 18, 1957: On this day, Carole Bouquet was born. A prolific film actress and model, she was the face of Chanel’s flagship No. 5 perfume for over 10 years. She is the owner of Maison Carole Bouquet.
August 18, 1961: On this day, Richard Morenzoni was born. His work was focused on the enzymology of malolactic fermentation.
August 18, 1961: Anderson Valley AVA was established. It is an AVA at the center of Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. The 57600-acre AVA has 2457 acres under vines, of which the majority is Pinot Noir. The AVA is also famous for producing high-quality sparkling wines.
August 18, 1983: Los Carneros AVA was officially recognized. Carneros is a premier wine-growing region known for its elegant Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and Sparkling wines. The AVA is the first to be recognized based on its climatic conditions rather than political boundaries. The appellation is one of the AVA located in the southern region of Sonoma, straddling the Sonoma and Napa region. The AVA’s cool climate allows chardonnays and other cool-climate varietals to flourish. Regular breezes and fog from San Pablo Bay regularly offset the sun’s warmth, leading to the production of Burgundian-style wines. Besides, the climate allows for the production of spectacular sparkling wines. It boasts more than 6000 vineyard acres and 22 wineries.
August 18, 1983: Willow Creek AVA was established. It is located in northern California in the Humboldt and Trinity counties. The AVA’s features are similar to Rhone Valley in France. Therefore, the AVA boasts a Mediterranean climate. Besides, it experiences diurnal temperatures leading to an extended ripening period. The AVA has a handful of vineyards and no commercial bonded winery. Its key grapes include Merlot, Syrah Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
August 18, 1987: On this day, International Pinot Noir Celebration started. An unofficial organization of wine aficionados, vintners, restaurateurs, and retailers in Oregon had the idea to have a top wine festival right in the middle of the state’s wine region in late 1985. Since the inaugural gathering in 1987, the IPNC has grown and matured, with a dedication to continuing to be cutting-edge, inventive, and current. The International Pinot Noir Conference (IPNC) has brought together renowned journalists, Pinot Noir enthusiasts, chefs from the Pacific Northwest, and wine producers from across the world for more than three decades for a weekend of tasting, dining, learning, and celebration. With a complete calendar of seminars, walkaround tastings, winery tours, and outstanding meals served by renowned Northwest chefs, the IPNC gives Pinot Noir consumers and industry professionals the chance to sample an unrivaled range of Pinot noir from around the globe. The IPNC is held on Linfield University’s stunning and historic campus, except for a vineyard and winery tour. In the center of Oregon wine country, McMinnville is a straightforward hour’s drive southwest of Portland.
August 18, 1993: On this day, Oakville AVA was established. Oakville AVA is located in the middle of Napa Valley. It is the hub of the Napa Cabernet wine region and is home to forty wineries, the most notable of which are Vine Cliff, Groth, and Opus One. It accounts for more than 10% of the total wine production in Napa Valley.
August 18, 2020: On this day, B-21 Wines, Inc., Justin Hammer, Bob Kunkle, Mike Rash, and Lila Rash were the plaintiffs in a lawsuit presided over by the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte Division. The defendants in the case were V. A.D. Guy Jr. and Joshua Stein.
August 18, 2022: This day is National Pinot Noir Day in the United States, meant to celebrate one of the world’s most ubiquitous and beloved red wines.
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