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May 25

May 25, 1966: On this day, Mission Hill Winery, was established in Canada. Although Travel and Leisure magazine has referred to Mission Hill as "the cornerstone of the Canadian wine tourist sector," the winery […]

March 25

March 25, 1935: Jean-Michel Cazes was born on this day. He founded the insurance company Axa-Millésimes, which works with wineries and estates, and he also owns several estates, including Villa Bel-Air, Domaine de L'Ostal, […]

July 27

July 27, 1948: On this day, Peggy Gale Fleming was born. Fleming is a gold medalist and a three-time world champion figure skater, working as an television analyst for the sport after her retirement. […]

June 28

June 28, 1826: On this day, Edward Staniford Rogers was born. In 1851, Rogers started the process of hybridizing American and European grapes, which ushered in a period of "enthusiasm and speculation" for grape […]

March 19

March 19, 1933: On this day, the Estado Novo was established. From 1933 until the Carnation Revolution in 1974, Portugal was under the corporatist rule of the Estado Novo, sometimes referred to as the […]

September 11

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 […]

July 29

July 29, 1866: On this day, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot died. Early in the 19th century, French women were taught to be spouses and mothers. At the age of 27, after the passing of her husband, […]

March 26

March 26, 1911: On this day, Thomas Lanier Williams popularly referred to as Tennessee Williams was born. Primarily famed for his dramatic and often tragic plays, he also wrote the poem, "The Wine Drinkers." […]

November 5

November 5, 1271: On this day, Kublai Khan established the Yuan Dynasty in the northern part of China. Mongolian emperors had a particular fondness for wine throughout the Yuan Dynasty. They ruled that wine […]

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