TODAY IN HISTORY: Champagne is discovered (Aug. 4, 1693)
That little pronouncement, like so many other legends surrounding the Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon, is a matter of speculation. According to tradition, on August 4, 1693 Dom Pérignon invented the beverage, or more appropriately, discovered it. However, champagne had been known in the region since the middle ages. What is true is that Dom Pérignon developed several blends of grapes and technologies (like the wire to hold the cork in place under pressure) that contributed to the advancement of the wine. Dom Pérignon was buried in the church of Hautvilliers, Champagne.