Sonoma County

April 23

April 23, 1809: American horticulturist Henderson William Luelling was born. He was the first to plant grapes in Oregon in 1847. April 23, 1938: Vasiliy Tairov died at the age of 78. A Soviet […]

Tasting Rooms and Direct-to-Consumer Sales in the United States

Tasting Rooms and Direct-to-Consumer Sales in the United States See, swirl, sniff, sip and savor—every wine enthusiast is familiar with the five famous S's of wine tasting. For more insight into the world of […]

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 […]

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 […]

November 21

November 21, 1799: John Dufour's "First Vineyard" is approved by the local government in Kentucky, making his vineyard the first commercial winery in the United States. Dufour founded the Kentucky Vineyard Society with citizens […]

February 18

February 18, 1478: On this day, George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence was secretly executed in the Tower of London. It is believed that he was drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine. George Plantagenet, […]


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