May 5, 1818: On this day, Karl Marx was born. He was one of the most prominent revolutionary, sociologists, historians, and economists in European history, and is the namesake for the school of thought called Marxism. Marx’s family held a vineyard in Trier, Germany’s Mosel valley. Karl’s father, Trier lawyer Heinrich Marx, purchased the vineyard slopes as an investment and cultivated them for the next 30 years. Karl owned the vineyard until his father’s death in 1838.

May 5, 1833: On this day James Busby stepped off the HMS Imogene at the Bay of Islands. Busby is a critical figure in the formation of the country of New Zealand, having helped to draft its constitution. He is an equally important figure in Australia and New Zealand’s wine industries. Busby is credited with bringing the first grape vines from continental Europe onto Australian soil, and he produced wine at his home.

May 5, 1870: On this day, phylloxera arrived in Spain in the 1870s via three different entry points: Gerona, Malaga, and the border district of Porto. Despite this, it had a significant effect on the region of La Rioja, which suffered a decline of 70 percent in the number of its vineyards.

May 5, 1985: Los Carneros was designated as an American Viticultural Area on this day. The region has a history of winemaking dating back all the way to the original Mexican occupation.

May 5, 1993: On this day, Ricky Schraub died. Schraub was a poet, performance artist, and wine critic. He spent most of his youth in California, and worked odd jobs until he became a field hand for wineries in Napa Valley in his thirties. He was then hired to work as a wine critic for the publication Berkeley Barb. His journalistic style developed a niche audience.

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