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In 3100b.c. when the Pharaohs rose to power in Egypt they began making a wine like substance from red grapes and since it resembled blood they began using it in their ceremonies. When the Egyptians came into contact with the Phoenicians they would continue to cultivate wine and spread it across the world by trading across the Mediterranean between 1200b.c. and 539b.c.  Sometime around 800b.c. the Phoenicians exposed the Greeks to wine and it became a symbol for trade, religion and health. The Greeks even created a wine God, Dionysus.  When the Romans conquered Greece they created their own God, Bacchus and wine became a central part of their culture. As their empire grew the Romans planted grape vines in what is now France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. They also began to accept Catholicism and wine became a part of the sacrament. The importance of wine to their sacraments prompted the monks in Italy and France to begin work as vintners. Wine traveled to the New World somewhere between 1492 and 1600 brought to Mexico and Brazil by the conquistadors and from there spread across South America. In 1554 Spanish missionaries traveled across the Americas and established the first winery in Chile. From there to Argentina where they settled in Mendoza and planted the first grapevines. In the mid to late 1700’s Spanish Missionary Junipero Serra traveled to California and brought grapevines. As the Spanish missions spread throughout California so did the art of winemaking. The first winery was established in Sonoma around 1800. During the California gold rush the desire for riches also brought a desire for good wine. Those traveling from the east coast seeking to strike it rich brought with them the zinfandel variety for which California is known, though the variety actually originated in Croatia.
A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world. —Louis Pasteur
“Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.” ― Francis Bacon
April 19th is Garlic Day…… There are over 300 varieties of garlic; it contains 17 amino acids. In Medieval times it was used as a cure for drunkenness and overeating. According to Christian mythology when Satan left the Garden of Eden garlic grew in his footprint……The word garlic comes from old English Garleac “spear leek”. The more garlic is crushed and pressed the more bitter it becomes, if left whole or sliced it remains milder to the taste.
“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” ― Andre Simon    “Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” ― Louis Pasteur
April 24th is Sauvignon Blanc day…… Sauvignon Blanc is the 8th most planted in the world. Its herbaceous nature with flavors of dried herbs and capsicum pair well with artichoke, asparagus and anchovy carbonara; or try it with sautéed salmon or garlic shrimp……….Sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc are the parents of cabernet sauvignon……
April 23rd is Zucchini Bread Day……. Zucchini…..Zucca Italian for squash…… Zucchini has more potassium than a banana, it also has vitamin c and manganese…… “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” Jim Davis, 'Garfield'
April is Pecan Month…… Linguine with Pecans and Zucchini Chop about ½ cup pecans and toast lightly. Cook 1 pound linguine, drain. Melt 2 tbsp. butter and 2 tbsp. olive oil and sauté ¾ of a pound of shredded zucchini, add 2 minced garlic cloves and cook until zucchini is tender. Toss with linguine and add about 1 cup of Asiago cheese. Season with salt and pepper.