August 30, 1812: Agoston Haraszthy was born on this day in Pest, Hungary. He is considered one of the most important figures in the history of California’s wine. He aided the California government by travelling Europe to acquire samples from hundreds of grape varietals for the purpose of enriching California’s wine culture. Haraszthy then founded Buena Vista Winery. He is assumed to have died while co-developing a plantation in Nicaragua, as his body fell into a river and was never recovered.

August 30, 1944: During this period, the commune of Epernay and the city of Rheims were liberated by the Third American Army under the command of General Patton. The Americans were greeted not only by relieved Frenchmen, but also by their secret collections of champagne that had been stashed in cellars and wells since 1940.

August 30, 2022: This day is celebrated as International Cabernet Sauvignon Day in honor of the popular red grape grown around the world.

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