February 2, 1973: The Yarra Yering winery, in Yarra Valley, Australia, was founded. Yarra Yering established an early precedent for future wineries in the Yarra Valley by garnering an immediate international reputation for quality and uniqueness.

February 2, 1985: On this day, Sally Johnson was born. She had intended to work in the biotech industry until she was introduced to the world of wine while fulfilling her university language requirements in Brittany and Paris. She’s now the winemaker for Pride Mountain Vineyards, and is known as a cheese expert and Cabernet Sauvignon specialist.

February 2, 2019: On this day, an Ontario-based manufacturer of icewine and Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario member was the applicant in the case of Royal DeMaria Wines Co. Ltd. v Lieutenant Governor in Council (VQA Ontario). As a result, the winery could not sell its remaining stock of “icewine”-labeled wines when VQA Ontario terminated its membership with Royal DeMaria and canceled its earlier certification of two previously authorized icewines. Royal DeMaria could not utilize the term “Canada’s icewine specialists” in its marketing campaigns following this ruling.

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