August 12, 1994: On this day, the geographical indication system for alcoholic beverages was first used in Japan following The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of International Property Rights.

August 12, 2009: Peruvian Pisco was recognized by the Intellectual Property Appellate Board in India on this day, making its debut in their national market.

August 12, 2020: On this day, The Santa Rita Hills AVA began its 20th anniversary celebration. The Santa Rita Hill AVA was established on July 26, 2001. During the celebrations, a homage was dedicated to the Sanford & Benedict vineyard, the first vineyard planted in the Santa Rita Hills AVA. The culmination of the annual Wine and Fire festivities was Grand Tasting, which took place at the picturesque La Purisima Mission, situated just outside of Lompoc’s Santa Rita Hills.

August 12, 2021: On this day, Howard Soon won the Canadian Winemaker of the Year, 2021 award. Howard was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of British Columbia before going on to complete an MBA at the University of Manitoba. Due to his contributions to the wine industry, he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada (C.M.). Soon worked at Sandhill Wines for just under four decades, receiving an Award of Distinction from the BC Wine Institute. He is the first winemaker in history to win all three of the top awards at the Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards.

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