October 13, 1983: El Dorado AVA was established in El Dorado County, located at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains; it’s a sub-AVA of Sierra Foothills AVA. The AVA is elevated above 2000ft and therefore receives more sunlight and cooling effects from mountain breezes. Wines produced in this AVA are characterized by depth and density.

October 13, 1983: Potter Valley AVA was established. It is a Mendocino County AVA located east of Redwood Valley and fairly elevated than the surrounding regions. The AVA experiences diurnal temperatures. Its terroir is suitable for Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot, Noir, Riesling, and Chardonnay.

October 13, 2015: On this day, the book The Wine Bible was published. Author and wine consultant Karen MacNeil presents over 1000 pages on the fundamental principles of wine: from the types of grapes, vineyards, the soil, history, anecdotes, bottles, curiosities and much more, this book teaches everything you need to know to become an expert taster, all illustrated with images.

October 13, 2018: In this day, at Sotheby’s auction, a bottle of 1945 Domaine Romanee-Conti Grand Cru broke a new record by selling for $558,000, making it the most expensive bottle of wine ever to be sold worldwide. The vintage is distinguished by being the last year before the original vines on the property were replaced, due both to their waning efficacy and the phylloxera epidemic. Only 600 bottles were produced from this year.

October 13, 2020: On this day, Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World was published. Although they are not healthy, it is undeniable that fast food options are part of our global diet, which why Vanessa Price and Adam Laukhuf offer recipes for the real world – pairings with everyday foods. The book contains accessible and fun combinations to enjoy wine at all times, from chips to tacos, each special flavor matched with wine.

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