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News & Features  :  Wine in History

The Book that Defined Bordeaux

Editions Féret, founded 200 years ago, foreshadowed the 1855 classification and set the standard for wine guides

Posted: May 29, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Wine in History

California Vintner Discovers Ancient Roman Wine Exporter

When not making Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot at Wrath, archaeologist Michael Thomas leads a team that discovered a wine "négociant" outside Pompeii

Posted: May 6, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Wine in History

The Weird and Wild Wine-Drinking Games of History

From maddeningly hard to outright deadly, some games show our wine-swilling forebears had odd ideas about fun

Posted: April 23, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Wine in History

Iron Ladies of Champagne

When it was unheard of for Frenchwomen to run big businesses, these visionaries introduced nearly every innovation in Champagne-making this side of bubbles

Posted: December 20, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Wine in History

The Prince of Vines

The story of the man who owned and guided Lafite, Latour, Mouton and many other top estates into the dawn of modern Bordeaux

Posted: May 24, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Wine in History

Red Wine, White House

Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan: wine lovers in the White House. Here's the story of how they and their successors helped propel American wine to the top of the world

Posted: February 17, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Wine in History

I Wine You to Wine Me

From aphrodisiac to wedding toast, wine has always been entwined with sex and romance through history. But it hasn't always been pretty

Posted: February 13, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Wine in History

The Exile of Burgundy

Cast out of Burgundy by a spiteful ruler, the Gamay grape embarked on a 600-year road to redemption in Beaujolais

Posted: November 17, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Wine in History

America's Rhine Rangers: California's Challengers, Europe's Saviors

In the 1800s, the state that competed for wine primacy was … Missouri. Here's the forgotten story of its wine pioneers

Posted: August 30, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Wine in History

The First Wine Competition?

At the 13th century “Battle of the Wines,” wine tasting and trash talking went hand in hand

Posted: May 31, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Wine in History

The Cult Wine of 121 B.C.

If you were a god, emperor or one of ancient Rome’s nouveau riche, you’d be drinking Falernian—or maybe a fake

Posted: March 29, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

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