Anyone remotely interested in wine or aeronautics has to love the vintners of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in France, who in 1954 passed laws prohibiting the landing and taking off of any flying saucers or flying cigars in their vineyards.

Queen Elizabeth II just celebrated her sapphire anniversary, marking her 65th anniversary on the throne. That makes the 90-year-old queen the longest-reigning British monarch. Now word comes of another milestone for the queen.

Today is National Peking Duck Day, for the benefit of those who might be remotely interested in such news. Peking duck, coated in a sweet spicy sauce, is one of those foods that defies wine pairing, as are a lot of Pacific Rim dishes.

I am only recently emoji-literate. Sure, I am familiar with the smiley-face emoji that annoyingly makes its way to the end of text messages from friends, although I am loathe to understand why every text message now must be accompanied by an emoji.

Early historical references to wine quality make it abundantly clear that bubbles in wine are undesirable. Ancient man found bubbly wines puzzling if not downright frightening.

Most of our American presidents liked a little tipple. When George Washington ascended to the presidency, he was already a consumer of beer, dark ale and Madeira, a fortified wine from the island of Madeira.

As Halloween approaches and thoughts turn to ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night, wines with sinister labels experience a surge in popularity.

With the myriad array of wine-opening gadgets on the market, it seems unlikely that wine drinkers would ever find themselves without the proper cork extractor. But most of us have occasionally found ourselves corkscrew-deprived.

This has been a milestone year for wine. Robert Mondavi’s namesake winery celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Famous Paris Tasting, in which American wines outscored the best wines France had to offer, celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Figs have been around since antiquity. In 2006, archeologists excavating an 11,400-year-old house on the occupied West Bank found remains of mutant figs.

I can’t remember when I first tasted Prosecco. Research indicates Prosecco was introduced to mainstream America around the year 2000, but I knew this Italian bubbly long before then, and long before anyone anticipated it would become the juggernaut it is today.

New Zealand is one of the most remote wine-producing areas in the world. New Zealand is located exactly in the middle of nowhere. Its nearest neighbor is Australia, some 1,000 miles away.

As we plan our picnics and cookouts for Memorial Day, there is a worthy wine to consider called Purple Heart, so named to honor the bravery and commitment of America’s military heroes, according to its creator.

If not a wine snob or a beer geek, you might feel intimidated at the prospect of attending a tasting event. There is a perception that wine connoisseurs are condescending, pretentious snobs who wring the joy out of man’s most joyous beverage.