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August 4

August 4, 1792: On this day, Percy Bysshe Shelley was born. A romanticist, he is currently most famous for his poem "Ozymandias," though he also wrote the “The Vine-Shroud,” a grim fragment of a […]

August 14

August 14, 1905: On this day, France enacted its first appellation legislation, which marked the beginning of dividing wine regions according to their respective geographies and enshrining grape growing and wine-producing traditions into law […]

June 5

June 5, 1756: Jean-Antoine Chaptal was born in Nogaret, France. He would become a chemist, physician, statesman, and agronomist. Chaptal had a specific interest in chemistry and how it could be used to develop […]

July 31

July 31, 1905: The French Governer-General of Algeria, Charles Jonnart, collaborated with a British partner to sell a huge volume of Algerian wine in London. Algeria had previously been restricted to French markets. The ensuing […]

April 5

April 5, 1890: On this day, Baron Pierre Le Roy de Boiseaumarié was born. An integral figure in French wine history, he was the owner and director of Château Fortia, an estate with a […]

April 18

April 18, 1855: On this day, the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification took place at the request of Napoleon III. All of the wines in Bordeaux were ranked by brokers in order of importance. The […]

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