October 30, 1933: The Navarra wine region was established. It is known for many varying types of red wines, as well as superb rosé wines, and is located in the Ebro River Valley, near to the powerhouse wine area of La Rioja. The climate here means that winters are very cold and summers are long, hot, and dry, resulting in lower grape yields than in other Spanish wine regions but consistent quality.
October 30, 1935: On this day, Daniel Rogov was born. He was considered the most influential wine critic in Israel. Rogov wrote many food and travel guides, including popular guides regarding Israeli and Kosher wines. He was also a regular columnist for multiple publications such as The Jerusalem Post. He passed away on September 7, 2011.
October 30, 2002: On this day, Austrian Grüner Veltliner and Chardonnay took the top four spots in “The London Tasting,’’, with four more Austrian wines finishing in the top 10. The historic London tasting of Grüner Veltliner and Chardonnay was hosted by Jancis Robinson MW and Tim Atkin MW. The top wines from several countries were tested, including Ramonet, Louis Latour, and Jadot from Burgundy, Gaja from Piedmont, Mondavi from Napa Valley, and Penfolds from Australia. Later tastings in Vienna, Tokyo, and Singapore produce comparable outcomes.
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