1976 Paris Wine Tasting

The Judgment of Paris and its Revolutionary Implications in the Winemaking Industry

The Judgment of Paris and its Revolutionary Implications in the Winemaking IndustryOn May 24, 1976, Paris played host to the renowned Paris Wine Tasting, popularly referred to as The Judgment of Paris. The event […]

January 20

January 20, 1498: On this day, Guillaume le Signerre printed one of the earliest surviving cookbooks, the De Re Coquinaria. Many recipes in De Re Coquinaria use wine as an ingredient. De Re Coquinaria […]

June 15

June 15, 1873: On this day, John Reynell died. An immigrant from England named John Reynell established himself in South Australia as a wheat farmer, sheep and cattle breeder, vigneron, and winemaker. Reynell was […]

August 14

August 14, 1889: On this day in 1889 the Griffe Law was passed by the French government. Named after Charles Griffe, a senator representing the Hérault region of southern France who had proposed the […]

December 29

December 29, 1961: On this day, Jeremy Oliver was born in Australia. Oliver is a wine expert and writer best known for publishing The Australian Wine Annual on his own. He has written several […]

March 9

March 9, 1809: On this day, one of the most important figures in Tuscan wine history, Bettino Ricasoli, was born. He would later develop the Chianti formula in 1872. Ricasoli was a Florentine native. […]

August 20

August 20, 1153: On this day, Bernard of Clairvaux died. Saint Bernard, also known as Bernard of Clairvaux, O. Cist., was a Burgundian abbot and an important figure in the Cistercian Order's early efforts […]

October 5

October 5, 1803: On this day, Joseph Jacob Bollinger was born. Together with Paul Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger, Joseph founded the Bollinger Champagne house, a producer of Sparkling wines from the region. Bollinger is […]

April 14

April 14 1789: On this day, Tiburcio Tapia was born. Tapia set up the first winery in California and the second oldest winery in the United States. Before venturing into the wine business, Tapia […]

August 8

August 8, 1856: On this day, pathologist Newton Pierce was born. The unknown disease that devastated wide swaths of grape vines in Southern California, USA, was originally described by Newton Pierce in 1892. The […]


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