June 28, 1892: On this day, National Prohibition Convention was held in Cincinnati, Ohio, which spearheaded the concurrent events in the prohibition period.

June 28, 1919: On this day, the toasting of the Treaty of Versailles was done using a final glass of wine, which symbolized celebration and union agreement after a long period of war. The conclusion of the negotiations, including the contentious war reparations that helped pave the way for World War II, was primarily determined by the French and the British negotiators. Nevertheless, when the Paris Peace Conference was finally over, it was only natural to raise a glass in celebration. A close friend of President Wilson, named Dr. Cary Grayson, was among the members of the presidential delegation. Dr. Grayson kept a journal where he made some lighthearted digs for the Americans.

June 28, 1940: On this day, Nazi solders invaded Bordeaux, one of the most significant wine regions in France. The occupation and looting of the region was organized by Reichmarschall Goering, who was a wine connoisseur and fan of Bordeaux wines prior to the war.

June 28, 1960: On this day, John Albert Elway Jr. was born. Elway is the president of football operations for the Denver Broncos, and the owner of the California winery 7Cellars. 7Cellars’ proceeds go to Team Rubicon, an organization that lets veterans use their skills to help their fellow citizens in the event of a natural disaster.

June 28, 1973: On this day, the Winegate Scandal broke in Bordeaux, France. Eight inspectors from the state tax department visited the Cruse cellars to investigate illicit wine activities. On reaching the cellars, the inspectors were thrown out by the Cruses, who claimed to be too busy for the inspection. However, the inspection took place after a while, and the wines were compounded. A trial later in 1974 led to the Cruses’ conviction of doctoring two million bottles of wine and repacking them as AOC Bordeaux. The scandal significantly influenced the Bordeaux wine industry as demand declined and wineries experienced losses. Nonetheless, the scandal shook the Bordeaux wine industry, leading to several strict wine production measures.

June 28, 2005: On this day, “The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr. and the Reign of American Taste was published”. Following the rise of wine critic Robert Parker, the book discusses his career and reputation from its early stages to his current status as one of the most influential voices in the world’s wine industry, both for consumers and producers.

June 28, 2007: On this day, Challenge Millesime Bio was founded. The official contest of the Millésime Bio wine show is Challenge Millésime Bio. It is a prominent worldwide competition for organic wines. In the 2020 edition, 450 jurors evaluated 1612 wines, with 479 receiving medals. There were 177 golds, 207 silvers, and 95 bronzes among them. Enologists, sommeliers, wine merchants, and non-industry wine fans make up the tasting teams.

June 28, 2018: On this day, Hokkaido Prefecture gained its Geographical Indication (GI) status from the Japanese National Tax Agency. As of the beginning of the year 2021, Hokkaido is home to 47 different wineries. They use between 2,000 and 2,500 tons of grapes each year to make wine that is entirely manufactured from Japanese grapes, and the majority of this production takes place in Hokkaido. These grapes originate not only from the vineyard but also from grape farmers located in the surrounding area.

June 28, 2018: On this day, Nadagogo wine in Kobe City (Nada Ward and Higashinada Ward), Ashiya City, and Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, attained its Geographical Indication status. In general, the seishu (sake) produced in Nadagogo (literally “five villages of Nada”) has a flavorful aftertaste and a harmonious combination of the many components that make up its flavor. Among them, seishu that has been aged until fall has a pleasant flavor and a taste that is not overpowering, and as a result, it has a sake quality that you will never get bored of drinking.

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