November 10, 1483: On this day, Martin Luther was born. German philosopher and reformer Martin Luther is credited with starting the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. Luther sparked a movement that changed several fundamental Christian doctrines through his words and deeds, dividing Western Christendom between Roman Catholicism and the new Protestant faiths, primarily Lutheranism, Calvinism, Anglicanism, the Anabaptists, and the anti-Trinitarians. He is among the most important people in the development of Christianity. Luther argues sacramental realism—the notion of the actual presence of Christ’s body and blood in the bread and wine—against purely spiritualistic interpretations of the Eucharist in his so-called anti-spiritualistic writings. Luther calls himself a “catholic” in these writings. He was instrumental in ensuring that the laity get the cup back.
November 10, 2016: On this day, Decanted was released in the US. This wine documentary is a love letter to the craft, rather than an interrogation of the industry. It follows the process of Italics Winegrowers in Napa Valley as they produce the year’s wine.
November 10, 2022: TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates, Producers, and Amigos Society) instituted the first International Tempranillo day in 2011, in celebration of the Spanish grape varietal. As one of the most planted wine grapes in the world, it is used in a range of wines, and is referred to by even more region-specific names. International Tempranillo Day has since been celebrated the second Thursday of each November.
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