May 19, 2015: On this day, Wine, Moon and Stars: A South of France Experience was published. Gérard Bertrand holds a formidable reputation in the wine industry as one of the foremost innovators in the French region Languedoc-Roussillon. This book includes Gérard’s memoirs, from when he was a child helping his father to make wine, until he became a reputable oenologist admired around the world.
May 19, 2016: On this day, Bill Koch announced he would be selling his wine collection, citing his old age and the excessive volume of remaining bottles as justification. The auction of Koch’s wine, which he kept in two vaults, one in Palm Beach and one in Cape Cod, is anticipated to net $10.5 million to $15 million; it included some remarkable lots, such as six magnums of 1982 Pétrus, which are valued at $42,000 to $60,000 collectively. Koch advised customers to rely on their palates rather than a winemaker’s history given the variety of the 20,000+ bottles.
May 19, 2017: On this day, a group of robbers broke into a wine estate outside Stellenbosch. Before making their getaway, a party of armed thieves appeared to have been guests at the house for several months. A trustworthy source told Netwerk24 that the armed robbery at the Delaire Graff estate on Helshoogte road west of Stellenbosch was executed with military precision.
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