March 19, 1933: On this day, the Estado Novo was established. From 1933 until the Carnation Revolution in 1974, Portugal was under the corporatist rule of the Estado Novo, sometimes referred to as the Second Portuguese Republic. The Federaço dos Vinicultores do Centro e Sul de Portugal was established along with this new government in 1933 with its primary function being market regulation of wines.
March 19, 1933: Yountville AVA was founded. This appellation consists of 4000 acres of planted vineyards. The AVA centers around Yountville town, named after Geroge Yount, who planted the first vineyards in the region in 1836. The appellation boasts 4000 acres of planted vineyards. Its soils are mostly gravelly silt loams. In addition, it is elevated 20-200 feet above sea level. Yountville AVA has a unique terroir and climate, allowing the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal to flourish.
March 24, 2020: On this day, the book Wine Girl: The Trials and Victories of America’s Youngest Sommelier was published. Victoria James was 21 years old when the restaurant she was employed for as a sommelier earned a Michelin Star. The book recounts her struggles with the gendered biases of the food service industry, abusive management, and more as she developed her career to contribute to her health and well-being, rather than detract from it.
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