June 1, 862: Staffelter Hof was established. The Staffelter Hof is the oldest continuously running winery in the world, and it can be found in the Rhineland-Palatinate state of Germany, near the little town of Krov, in the Mosel Valley. It may trace its ancestry back to the Benedictine abbey of St. Volt, the first monastery to bear that name. In 1805, a vineyard manager named Peter Schneiders purchased the land from the government, which had previously held control. Since then, the winery has remained in the hands of Scheiders’ descendants, who are responsible for elevating the prestige of the label to that of a cult throughout its history.

June 1, 1914: General Order 99 was passed and prohibited the consumption of alcohol on navy vessels. From that moment on, sailors could only drink juice or coffee. They cleverly named their cup of coffee “a cup of Joe,” after Josephus Daniels, the navy’s secretary. This order also made Welch’s grape juice gain popularity among sailors. Grape juice gained more popularity after the 18th amendment in 1919, where alcohol was banned across all service formations.

June 1, 1927: In its inaugural year, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) acted as the province’s sole legal retailer of beverage alcohol, opening 86 locations. To purchase alcohol from the LCBO, private persons had to acquire liquor licenses, which cost $2 in 1927 and were eliminated in 1961. All of the items that were purchased had to be consumed at home.

June 1, 1977: The International Standards Organization’s ISO 3591:1977 was introduced to help standardize the processes used to evaluate wines and the dimensions of glasses. The ISO glass, which has a stem and convergent rim design and a maximum capacity of just 7.27 oz, is the sole such standard for drinking glasses. It is no longer often used, is mostly ignored by critics, and is usually viewed as being woefully inadequate for in-depth tasting and evaluation. Although the ISO glass was designed for wine, the well-known spirits copita (sherry glass) closely resembles the shape and size recommended by the ISO, and for all intents and purposes, blenders and distillers have actually, perhaps unknowingly, adopted the ISO wine glass as their own, even though it is a century older than the standard itself. The longer stems and bigger bowls of today’s wine glasses were invented in Europe by Riedel, Spiegelau, Schott-Zwiesel, Rona, and Stolzle. The average red wine glass can hold up to 22 ounces of liquid and has the best fill level of 5 to 6 ounces.

June 1, 2001: Diamond Mountain District AVA was established. The AVA region boats volcanic soils, hence its name, and 500 acres of planted vineyards. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Sauvignon Blanc are among the grape varieties grown in this area. Jacob Schram planted the first vineyards in the AVA in 1868. The AVA’s temperature is less fluctuating, and its key varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

June 1, 2007: On this day, ONEHOPE was founded. One of the founders began hosting wine tastings to raise money for a health cause after being inspired by a friend’s fight with cancer. ONEHOPE became an official, deliberate winery once the concept of gathering for wine to help a good cause took off. ONEHOPE has grown to become one of the world’s largest direct-to-consumer wineries, donating over $8 million to local and global charities mostly focused on clean water, education, disability support, and health research. Aiding individuals in the autism community is one of ONEHOPE’s main activities. Many children with autism from low-income families have been supported by the corporation to attend camps and therapy programs, and get various educational scholarships.

June 1, 2008: The Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum was made public in France that was housed in a historic building that was built in the year 1720 for the Irish merchant Francis Burke to store and trade wines. With the assistance of the Bordeaux Historia Vini, it opened to the public in June 2008. It consists of three partially underground cellars and has a sizable collection of rare historical artifacts and documents illuminating Bordeaux’s wine commerce from the Middle Ages. It also has several documents on historical classifications, such as the classifications for the Médoc and Sauternes in 1855, Graves in 1953, and Saint-Emilion in 1955. The museum features a variety of historical artifacts relating to wine, as well as a designated wine-tasting area and a store housed in the building’s former cooperage.

June 1, 2011: On this day, Wine Bites: Simple Morsels That Pair Perfectly with Wine was published. As its name indicates, this book specializes in morsels, tasty foods that are easy to prepare along with a glass of wine. Author Barbara Scott-Goodman shares 60 recipes with step-by-step instructions to make the best hors d’oeuvres accompanied by wine at any celebration.

June 1, 2015: On this day, Marciano Estate was established. Best known for the family-owned high fashion brand Guess, Maurice Marciano purchased a Napa Valley vineyard in 2006 and began replanting all the vines. The wines made here can only be acquired via their mailing list.

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