June 3, 2000: In this day, Auction Napa Valley broke records by selling a six liter bottle of Screaming Eagle’s 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon for $500 000, which is not only the highest price ever fetched for a Napa Valley wine, but also for a bottle of wine in general.
June 3, 2018: On this day, Ricardo Santos, the Argentine father of Malbec, died. Santos is regarded as one of Argentina’s top winemakers, introducing high-quality winemaking to the nation in place of archaic methods. He is also well known for promoting Malbec, the nation’s representative grape. Santos, a Buenos Aires native, started his work in the wine sector after graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in design. After arriving back in Argentina, he began working at the now-famous Bodega Norton in Mendoza, where he subsequently rose to the position of executive director. Santos spent his whole career at Norton working relentlessly to persuade American importers that Malbec could be Argentina’s foremost contribution to the wine world and in 1971 he produced the Norton-Mendoza Malbec, the country of Argentina’s first-ever shipment to the country. Santos advocated fair prices and superior winemaking in addition to value for money.
June 3, 2022: Paulsell Valley AVA was established. It is located in Stanislaus County, in San Joaquin Valley, west Sierra Foothills AVA. The AVA experiences higher temperatures and is slightly drier than the surrounding AVA, making it suitable for hardy grapes. Therefore, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sirah are the primary grape varieties.
June 3, 2022: Upper Lake Valley AVA was established in Lake County. It is a sub-AVA of Clear Lake AVA, part of the North Coast AVA. It is one of the newest AVA in California, modifying the boundaries of Clear Lake AVA such that it fits in entirely. The 17360-acre AVA consists of 528 acres of planted vineyards, and its key grapes include Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Blanc, Zinfandel, Muscat, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
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