October: In this month, Ashes & Diamonds Winery tasting rooms were opened. Ashes & Diamonds is conveniently located just off Highway 29 in Napa’s northern suburbs. The winery is within a short drive from downtown Napa and is frequently used to begin or conclude a day.

October 1984: Sonoita AVA was approved in Southern Arizona, which covers an area in extreme west-central Cochise, northeastern Santa Cruz, and extreme southeastern Pima. The AVA covers around 319 square miles.

October 2012: On this month, Antinori Nel Chianti Classico was founded. Antinori nel Chianti Classico is a homage to the Antinori family, honoring the family’s historical links to the Chianti Classico area. Antinori nel Chianti Classico is a stunning contemporary sculptural building that embodies the winery’s imprint on the history and culture of Italy. Antinori is one of the most prestigious (if not the most prestigious) winemakers in the world.

October 2012: This month, the book Wine Grapes: A Comprehensive Guide to 1,368 Vine Species, their Origins, and Flavors wasreleased. Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and Dr. José Vouillamoz provide 1,368 grape varietals in their book, along with “their origins, how they grow, where they are planted, how their wines taste, and previously unknown information on how they are connected” (the book’s website). All grape varieties are organized alphabetically. For more on Jancis Robinson, see our other posts.

October 2014: In this day, 114 bottles of Burgundy set a new record for the most expensive lot of wine ever sold when they were purchased at an auction in Hong Kong for a total of HK$12,556,250, which is equivalent to £1 million or $1.6 million.

October 2017: In this month, “Lévrier by Jo Irvine” was the name of Jo Irvine’s first wine label, which she launched in 2017. People call James Irvine’s father the “Master Merlot Maker.”The name Lévrier, which derives from the French word for greyhound, is a tribute to her passion for these dogs, which spans over 20 years and has been an integral part of her life.

October 2017: This month, the eponymous winery celebrated half a century of wine production and offered a one-of-a-kind perspective on how things have changed throughout the previous half-century in the Napa Valley.

October 2018: This month, Maison Perrier-Jout named Séverine Frerson chef de cave. It’s not easy to become a cellar master at one of the most famous Champagne houses in the world. However, Séverine Frerson made history in 2018 when she succeeded Hervé Deschamps as the first female cellar master in Maison Perrier history. Jout’s She was one of just a few women on the shortlist for the role in Champagne at the time.


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