January 17, 1342: On this day in 1342, Philip II, also known as Philip the Bold, was born in Pontoise, France. During his time as a Duke of Burgundy, he passed the first-ever vine-making policies that banned Gamay in the Burgundy wine region.

January 17, 1920: Prohibition in America began. Alcohol sales and use became outlawed, forcing many wineries to close.

January 17, 1982: On this day, Dwyane Wade, a former professional basketball player, was born. Wade consistently played at the top levels of the NBA during his long career with Miami Heat. He is a renowned wine collector, and co-founded the winery Wade Cellars to explore his love for beverage and share it with others.

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