September 6, 1940: Baron Philippe de Rothschild, professional racer and one of the world’s most prolific wine producers and grape growers, had his French citizenship revoked for attempting to escape France without permission from the authorities. His Jewish parents had recently fled to Switzerland due to the German occupation. He was arrested and incarcerated by the Vichy government, and subsequently regained his freedom on April 20, 1941. For more on Philippe de Rothschild, see our other posts.
September 6, 2016: On this day, The 24-Hour Wine Expert was published in the U.S., months after its initial U.K. release. Renowned wine journalist and writer Jancis Robinson penned this book for casual appreciators who “want to know more about wine, but don’t quite know where to start” (Robinson’s website). For more on Jancis Robinson, see our other posts.
September 6, 2020: On this day, the wine “Visionaire” from South African winery Holden Manz was awarded “Wine of the Year by Country” at the Sommeliers Choice Awards. Despite its relatively young pedigree, only having been founded in the 1990s, Holden Manz has emerged as a well-regarded winery around the world and has won multiple awards. To their credit as well, they aim to be carbon neutral in their approach. The estate serves food at an on-site restaurant, host guests at their inn, and is used as an event space for weddings.
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