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By T.L. Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper™

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Original Pub. Date: Aug. 9, 2016. Last Update: Jan. 22, 2017.



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Westerners are not only known as history ignoramuses, but double dumbass history ignoramuses when it comes to wine history. Since I'm the one-and-only Historyscoper (tm), let me quickly bring you up to speed before you dive into my Master Historyscope.

About 1000 B.C.E. the warlike red-haired blue-eyed Thracians (ancestors of the Swedes?) settle in N Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey between the Aegean Sea, Carpathians, Black Sea, and Morava and Vardar Rivers, becoming known for their wine, exquisite works of gold, and the tombs of their chieftains filled with chariots, horses, weapons, and wives.

Count Henrique I of Portugal (1066-1112) Countess Theresa of Portugal (1080-1130) Pinot Noir Grapes

In 1093 after giving up on inheriting Burgundy from his older brothers and joining the Reconquista in Spain, then helping Alfonso VI of Castile-Leon conquer Galicia and N Portugal, French knight Henrique (Henry) of Burgundy (1066-1112) founds the County of Portugal with lands given him by Alfonso VI, marrying his illegitimate daughter (by Ximena Moniz) Theresa of Portugal (1080-1130) and becoming Count Henrique I of Portugal (his son makes it a kingdom), founding the long-lived "We're #2, We Try Harder" Avis Dynasty of Portuguese rulers (ends 1580); not the kind to be caught without something to drink, he introduces the Pinot noir grape into Portugal from France, becoming the forerunner of modern port wines; the old Celtic town of beautiful Braga, held by the ancient Romans (as Bracara Augusta), Suevi, Visigoths and Moors becomes the capital of Portugal (until 1147).

In 1531 the Abbey of Saint-Hilare in the Limoux region of Languedoc in S France begins producing France's first sparkling wine; Dom Perignon's doesn't come out until 1693.

Dom Perignon (1638-1715) Champagne Bottles

The original Supersize Me? On Aug. 4, 1693 blind French Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Perignon (1638-1715) invents Champagne, which is later sold in supersized bottles called Magnum (2x), Jeroboam (4x), Rehoboam (6x), Methuselah (8x), Salmanazar (12x), Balthazar (16x), and Nebuchadnezzar (20x) (My Judy Really Makes Splendid Belching Noises); actually, he didn't invent sparkling wine, just taught blending skills and figured out how to bottle the stuff in reinforced glass bottles sealed with Spanish corks?

In 1772 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin champagne house in Reims, France is founded by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, going on to pioneer advancements in the methode champenoise via the technique of remuage, producing the 1811 comet vintage, the first truly modern champagne, which becomes the favorite drink of the nobles and haute bourgeoisie of Europe.

In 1784 the earliest recorded mention of Merlot (Fr. "young blackbird") wine is made by an official in Bordeaux, France.

Jean-Antoine Chaptal (1756-1832)

In 1806 French chemist Jean-Antoine Chaptal, Comte de Chanteloup (1756-1832) pub. La Chimie Appliquee aux Arts, describing the Chaptalization process of adding sugar to increase final alcohol content, revolutionizing winemaking in France.

In 1811 French astronomer Honore Flaugergues (Pierre-Gilles-Antoine-Honoré Flaugergues) (1755-1835) discovers the Great Comet of 1811 (C/1811 F1) in the constellation Argo Noves,+ causing wine of vintage 1811 to be called wine of the comet.

James Busby (1802-71)

In 1825 Scottish-born British Australian immigrant (1824) James Busby (1802-71) pub. Treatise on the Culture of the Vine, after which he visits England in 1828, followed by Spain and France, returning to Australia in 1828 with the first collection of Spanish-French wine stock, becoming known as "the Father of the Australian Wine Industry".




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