July 26, 1139: In this year, Afonso Henriques founded the Kingdom of Portugal and made himself the king. The Iberian Peninsula’s western monarchy, the Kingdom of Portugal, served as the forerunner of the present Portuguese Republic. It was also known as the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarves between 1815 and 1822. It existed to varying degrees between 1139 and 1910 and was also known as the Kingdom of Portugal and the Algarves after 1415. The Portuguese Empire, the realm’s overseas colonies, is frequently referred to by this moniker as well.

July 26th, 1973: On this day, an innovative winemaker in San Luis Obispo, Jack Niven established the illustrious Paragon Vineyard. As the “Founding Father of the Edna Valley,” he initiated and won the petition to have the area recognized as an official AVA in 1982. The valley is still being shaped as a prestigious wine region by the second and third generations. They produce an alluring selection of wines in a wide variety of hyper-focused styles because they are aware of the diversity of their SIP Certified Sustainable land. As one of the first wineries in the nation to dedicate a sizable percentage of its vineyard to its growth, Tangent Winery of the Niven Family contributed to the growth of Albarino production in California in the early 2000s. With 45 acres of their Paragon Vineyard dedicated to the grape, the Niven family is currently a prominent grower of Albarino. Albarino wines are getting easier to get for both experienced and novice wine lovers as winemakers boost their production of the variety. The effect is an increase in demand.

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