Institut National des Appellations d’Origine

June 16

June 16, 1822: On this day, Charles Camille Heidsieck was born. Charles Heidsieck was a French Champagne businessman who created a company in 1851. He popularized Champagne in the U.S. to the point where […]

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 […]

July 30

July 30, 1927: Ralph E. Kunkee was born on this day. He advanced the research of Louis Pasteur on Malo-Lactic Fermentation in Winemaking. Malolactic fermentation, often known as Malo or MLF, is the process […]

April 5

April 5, 1815: On this day, a catastrophic eruption of Mount Tambora caused significant destruction to the global wine industry due to the massive volume of ash lowering global temperatures up to a year […]

February 16

February 16, 1435: This day marks the earliest recorded mention of Riesling grapes in Germany, from a storage inventory of a small principality. February 16, 1959: On this day, the re-classification of the red […]


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