February 17, 1920: On this day, under the influence of Prohibition laws, a few wineries declared their sole production of sacramental wine for the Catholic church. As early as 1924, government authorities had developed a deep mistrust of sacred wine and revoked many licenses, directly responding to the industry’s explosive rise to over a million gallons in such a short period.
February 17, 2006: On this day, Vinsobres AOC was certified. This French appellation in the south of Rhône prioritizes red wine mixes.
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