February 18, 1626: On this day the poet and famed scientist Francesco Redi was born. Francesco declared, to great historical effect, that Montepulciano was the king of all wines. This opinion has been upheld over centuries by many renowned wine appreciators, including  Thomas Jefferson.

February 18, 1930: Jess Stonestreet Jackson Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California. He founded Kendall-Jackson winery with his first wife, which, in its first year, produced a chardonnay that won the first Platinum Award from the American Wine competition. He now manages dozens of wineries under the Jackson Family Wines brand name.

February 18, 2022: This day is National Drink Wine Day in the United States.

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