June 11, 1665: On this day Sir Kenelm Digby passed away. Sir Digby was a diplomat and privateer who is credited with inventing the wine bottle shape we still use today.
June 11, 1928: On this day, Robert Ian Oatley was born in Australia. Best known as a businessman and yachtsman, Oatley was also the founder of the Rosemount winery and was its owner until its sale in a merger in 2001. He had begun a number of other vineyards prior to this as well. He passed away on January 10, 2016.
June 11, 1956: Joe Montana, a Hall of Fame American football quarterback, was born on this day. Montana’s winemaking journey began in the late 1990s when he teamed up with former Beringer winemaker and friend Ed Sbragia (one of California’s oldest and most famous wineries). His winemaking operation was successful for a while and is still doing well, but in 2012, he listed his enormous wine-country estate for $35 million. He continues to make wine with Sbragia under the label “Montagia,” a combination of their two names.
June 11, 2022: National Rosé Day. The second Saturday each June is seen by most as National Rosé Day, the perfect opportunity to share summer’s most fitting wine.
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