September 11, 1133: On this day, Heiligenkreuz Abbey was consecrated. Austria’s Burgundian wine culture was introduced by the Cistercian monks through the Abbey. Located around 13 km northwest of Baden in Lower Austria, Heiligenkreuz Abbey is a Cistercian abbey in the settlement of Heiligenkreuz in the southern section of the Vienna forests. It is the world’s oldest Cistercian monastery that has been continually inhabited.

September 11, 1888: On this day, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento died. The second President of Argentina, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, was an academic, statesman, writer, and activist from Argentina. His writings included journalism, autobiography, political philosophy, and history, among other genres and themes. He belonged to the Generation of 1837, a group of intellectuals that had a significant impact on Argentina in the 19th century. In addition to having a significant impact on the literature of the area, he was particularly interested in educational issues. Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, the provincial governor, gave the French agronomic Miguel Aimé Pouget the order to transport grapevine cuttings from France to Argentina. The first Malbec vines to be planted in that nation were among the vines Pouget imported.

September 11, 1995: St. Helena AVA was established. It is a viticultural area sandwiched between Mayacamas and Vaca mountains, elevated 100-700 feet above sea level. Its soils are mostly loam with varying gravel. The AVA hosts the oldest winery in Napa Valley, Charles Krug. The AVA is significant in the Napa Valley region, having more than 30 wineries. Many varietals do well in this viticultural area, but the most common include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Franc, Syrah, and Merlot. Approximately 6800 of the AVA is planted in vineyards.

September 11, 2018: On this day, Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking was published. Wine industry experts Andrea Slonecker and Dana Frank compiled 75 pairings of wine with delicious recipes, offering tips to enhance both to the utmost. The book also includes “a wine flavors cheat sheet, a label lexicon lesson, a short course on wine tasting like a pro and illustrated features on matching wine with types of favorite foods (typical take-out, beloved pasta dishes, and popular sweets)” (Wine Food‘s synopsis).

September 11, 2019: On this day, Hall Purdue made its 150th wine anniversary, where it teamed up with the Indiana wineries, a three award-winning winery, to design and produce specially labeled wine.

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