November 2, 1800: On this day, Grenache was planted in the Southern Rhône Valley. Grenache arrived in France probably through what is now Roussillon as it was under Aragón rule.
November 2, 1910: On this day, Domingo Fernández Concha, founder of Viña Santa Rita, passed away at the age of 72. Viña Santa Rita produces different denominations of Chilean wines such as Valle de Casablanca, Valle del Maipo, and Valle del Rapel. For more than 100 years it has been producing high-quality wines that are exported to different countries.
November 2, 1993: During this time, grape varieties were identified using DNA profiling for the first time. In 1994, it was determined that the ‘Merlot’ produced in Chile is Carmenere, the ‘lost grape’ of Bordeaux. DNA testing verified this three years afterward.
November 2, 2016: On this day, Jeffry James Hill was arrested for a wine scandal. Hill sold wine that was not Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon but was labeled as such. Before being apprehended and accused of four charges of wire fraud and four counts of mail fraud, he made off with more than $1.5 million in bogus Napa cash, according to The New York Times. Hill could have just bribed Congress to gerrymander the grapes from central California into Napa County with that kind of money. He might now receive a harsh sentence of up to 160 years in jail and $2 million in fines.
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