December 27, 1703 – On this day, the Methuen Treaty was signed. Methuen Treaty was an agreement between Britain and Portugal formalizing the countries’ trade partnerships and economic dependence of Portugal on Britain. The treaty involved the exchange of English wool for Portuguese wine. The treaty influenced the wine trade between France and Britain in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The British embraced this treaty in a bid to offset their dependence on France for wine. Besides, they imposed import duties on French wine to reduce its impact on the British market. Therefore, the Methuen treaty was decisive in the Portuguese economy and the British wine industry.

December 27, 1822: On this day, Louis Pasteur was born. One of history’s most important scientists, he pioneered (among many things) the process of pasteurization, the process of heating potable fluids to a temperature specified to remove microorganisms that reduce shelf life and are potentially harmful to the human body. This process drastically improved food safety standards and revolutionized the way wine is produced.

December 27, 1948: On this day, Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu was born. Depardieu is one of France’s most prolific film actors. In addition, he owns multiple vineyards around the globe, including Château de Tigne in the Loire Valley of his home country.

December 27, 1957: On this day, Jasper Morris was born. He has extensive knowledge of Burgundy and Pinot wines and studied to become a certified Master of Wine alongside Jancis Robinson and his sister Arabella Woodrow.

December 27, 1982: On this day Suisun Valley AVA was certified. It was one of the earliest designated AVAs in California.

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