September 8, 1959: On this day, Charlie Trotter was born. Trotter was an American chef based out of Chicago who established one of the world’s most influential restaurants, the eponymous Charlie Trotter’s. He had a vast wine collection and cared deeply for the proper pairing of wine and food. He was a valuable mentor for many of America’s most talented chefs. He passed away in 2013. This article from NPR reflects respectfully on his accomplishments.
September 8, 1975: Every September since this date, the Nederburg Auction is held at the Nedenburg winery in Paarl, South Africa. It was modeled after the Kloster Eberbach and Hospices de Beaune auctions. Winemakers and enthusiasts attend to bid on some of the best and finest South African wines, including Nedenburg’s hallmark wine, the Edelkeur. Wine aficionados interested in the then-developing South African wine industry flocked to the auction in droves by 1979 when it became an instant smash. The German Wine Academy’s founder and auctioneer Hans Ambrosi were among the notable guests who helped the Kloster Eberbach auctions gain international recognition in the 1980s.
September 8, 2010: On this day, Holden Manz Winery, South Africa established. The area that contains the Holden Manz Wine Estate can be found in the southwestern part of the Franschhoek Valley, sometimes known as Bo Hoek by the people there. In 2010, Gerard Holden and Migo Manz purchased the property and made investments in the vineyard and cellar, which resulted in a full renovation. They intended to establish a boutique winery that specialized in quality wines.
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