June 21, 1981: This day marks the first instance of Auction Napa Valley, in California. Wine auctions are a relatively recent development in the world of wine when taken in the context of the drink’s thousands of years of history, but in a matter of decades they have become an irreplaceable fixture in international wine culture for collectors and connoisseurs alike.

June 21, 1989: Kalyra Winery was founded in the Santa Barbara. The winery is known for its tasting room, which features a splendid view of the vineyards.

June 21, 2013: On this day, the documentary Somm was released in Canada. The film follows a number of young men who are preparing for the master sommelier exam proctored by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

June 21, 2022: This day is World Lambrusco Day. The Italian wine Lambrusco received a poor reputation in the 70s and 80s due to a surge in industrialized production of cheap vintages with poor balances between alcohol content and sugar. Fortunately, there has since been an effort from dedicated winemakers to restore this wine to glory, respecting its true roots and its reliance on terroir.

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