March 21, 1958: On this day, Shinya Tasaki was born. Tasaki is a Japanese sommelier who was crowned the world’s top sommelier by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale in 1995. He was the first Asian recipient of the Best Sommelier in the World award. His other achievements include receiving the Yellow Ribbon Medal of Honor from the Emperor of Japan and winning a battle against Masahiko Kobe on Iron Chef.

March 21, 1959: Francesco Marone Cinzano was born on this day in Italy. He owns The Col d’Orcia and Erasmo Winery.

March 21, 1972: Kilien Stengel was born in France at Burgundy. He is a prolific and award-winning wine and cookbook writer, gastronome, restaurateur, and information scientist.

March 21, 2021: On this day, the first World Vermouth Day was celebrated. This celebration is encouraged as a way to demonstrate gratitude for the wine. In doing so, it elevates Vermouth to the status of other spirits and wines, allowing it to take center stage.

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