October 27, 1925: On this day, Sir Brian Henry McGrath was born. In addition to his role as Private Secretary to the Duke of Edinburgh, he held numerous directorships in wineries and brewing companies. McGrath worked with Allied Breweries Ltd., Cannon Brewery, and Victoriea Wine Ltd. He was also a certified Master of Wine. He passed away on June 4, 2016, at the age of 90.

October 27, 2021: On this day, two robbers committed an expensive theft, taking dozens of bottles of wine from a Spanish hotel and restaurant. One of the bottles was over 200 years old.

October 27, 2020: On this day, Tom Stevenson and Orsi Szentkiralyi published The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia. Its 800 page length and extensive collection of images and maps make this book a thorough guide to wine, its taxonomies, its industries, and its production process. Organized geographically, each page is full of information written by experts and includes everything from types of climate, vineyards, bottles, types of grapes, a guide to tasting rooms, manufacturers, history, recommendations and even a chronological presentation of the greatest wine events of humanity.

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