December 3, 1855: On this day, Merlot was first recorded in Italy in the vicinity of Venice with the name Bord. The grape was brought to Switzerland from Bordeaux at some point during the 19th century, and its first appearance in Switzerland was documented in the canton of Ticino between 1905 and 1910. The decade of 1990s saw a rise in consumption of Merlot throughout the United States.

December 3, 1913: On this day, Alexis Lichine was born in Moscow. Lichine was a salesman who promoted the labeling of varietals. He also owned Château Prieuré-Lichine, and was a partial owner of Château Lascombes. He passed away on June 1, 1989.

December 3, 2001: On this day, Ayatha Dessert Wine was recognized in the international market with its origin in Myanmar. The wine, made from Red Muscat, is light red and has an aroma loaded with honey, muscat, and dried wild berries. The complexity and full-bodied character of this wine may be attributed to the fact that it retains some of its original sugar. This wine has a lingering aftertaste from the intense mouthfeel of honey, cherry, peach, and chocolate, as well as tropical fruit.

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