Château Lafite-Rothschild

The Month of November

November 1345: Pinot Noir was first mentioned in written records. It was recorded as being grown in Burgundy. In 1470, monks from France introduced the grape to the Rheingau area in Germany, where it […]

November 15

November 15, 1868: On this day in 1868 James Mayer de Rothschild, Baron de Rothschild, died in Paris at the age of 76. Rothschild hailed from the Rothschild family of Jewish German bankers and […]

November 16

November 16, 2009: On this day, 228 vintage Chateau Lafite Rothschild bottles, a rare Bordeaux wine from France, were stolen, according to Hong Kong police. The collection is worth 6.8 million Hong Kong dollars […]

November 3

November 3, 1916: On this day, the state of California voted on whether or not to enact two changes to existing prohibition laws. Except for those who need it for "medical, sacramental, scientific, or […]

October 3

October 3, 1226: Francis of Assisi died while in his mid-forties. This Italian mystic and religious leader was quickly canonized as a saint by Pope Gregory IX just two years later. Francis had developed […]

December 14

December 14, 1925: William Henry Beetham died away on this date. William Henry Beetham is recognized as having planted the first Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Syrah) grapes in New Zealand in 1881 at his […]

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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