December 1, 1946: On this day, CK Mondavi & Family was founded by Italian immigrants Cesare and Rosa Mondavi. CK Mondavi & Family asserts that their wines are “the first and only to be 100 percent Made in USA Certified.” The 75-year-old Napa Valley-based company physically pours out its patriotism by sponsoring the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF). This project aims to set up clinics where military members with brain trauma (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other disorders can get help. More than $215,000 has been donated to IFHF by CK Mondavi & Family. Also, the Purple Heart Foundation, which also works to help veterans and their families, gets money from the Purple Heart Wines red blend.

December 1, 1946: On this day, John Radford was born. He was a wine and food journalist and presenter from the United Kingdom, with a focus on Spain. He went to Stamford School in Lincolnshire for his education. After working in the food and beverage business and retail, Radford’s writing career began with children’s comics, primarily for D. C. Thomson & Co. in Dundee, with the Judy comic for girls, for which he produced a large number of annuals and the weekly paper from 1978 to 1985. He also wrote for other magazines, like the Dundee Sporting Post, where he wrote a collection of stories about Dixon Hawke the Dover Street Detective. He also wrote for the Dundee Sporting Post’s science fiction series Starblazer. He passed away on October 19, 2012.

December 1, 1975: The Mornington Peninsula National Park was established. Located in Victoria, Australia, Mornington Peninsula is home to a number of well-respected wineries, and is known for the quality of its pinot noir.

December 1, 1999: On this day, SNI 01-6104-1999 (ICS Code: 67.160.10) was enacted, and it was also on this day that the blueprint for the Anggur fortifikasi/Fortified wine was uncovered. Both of these events took place on December 1, 1999.

December 1, 2017: On this day, Wine or Whiskey by Natalie Stovall was released. Lori McKenna, Andrew Dorff, and Jimi Westbrook all worked together to write the song. When it comes to affairs of the heart, Natalie Stovall uses the distinctions between wine and whiskey. In the song, Stovall sings on the long-term effects of her partner staying or leaving and not certain where their relationship stands. “Wine or Whiskey,” by Natalie Stovall, is about two lovers who are not really sure where their relationship stands.

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