December 18, 1819: United States v. 422 Casks of Wine, 26 U.S. 547 (1828), was tried by a jury and a verdict and judgment were rendered in favor of the United States on this date. The proceedings in this libel were regular because the amendment concerned only form, not substantiation, and the courts of the United States may establish all required rules for conducting court business pursuant to the 17th section of the Act of Congress of September 24, 1789, and the 22nd section of the same act offers that “there shall be no reversal for error in ruling any plea in abatement,” &c. The hearings, in this case, were conducted in accordance with the norms of the court in which they were held.

December 18, 1917: On this date, Congress proposed the Eighteenth Amendment (Amendment XVIII) to the United States Constitution. It was established to prohibit the sales, production, and distribution of any alcoholic products in the United States of America.

December 18, 1958: On this day, Andrew Dornenburg was born in Concord, California. Dornenburg is a food and wine writer, having co-written numerous award-winning books with his spouse Karen A. Page. Some titles include What to Drink With What You Eat, The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine, and The Flavor Bible, which won a James Beard Award in 2009.

December 18, 2001: País Vasco (a.k.a. Basque) wine region was established in Spain. Bordering France and the Atlantic, it is famous for its white wines, quality seafood, and unique culture and linguistics.

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