March 8, 1901: On this day California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo was founded. The university offers a Bachelor’s degree in Wine & Viticulture.

March 8, 1927: On this day, Helmut Becker was born. He was one of the most prominent figures in modern viticulture and winemaking, who promoted the globalization of the wine industry by breeding grape varieties that can grow anywhere like Saphira, Rondo, Prinzipal, and Dakapo.

March 8, 1951: On this day, Tom Stevenson was born in England. He has written dozens of books, both fiction and nonfiction, and is regarded as not only the world’s most knowledgeable specialist on the wine region of Champagne, but also one of the world’s most important wine writers.

March 8, 2002: On this day, 1907 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne was sold at $275,000. It was rescued from a shipwreck that crashed in 1916 and is the world’s most expensive bottle of Champagne.

March 8, 2012: On this day, Rudy Kurniawan’s home in Arcadia was invaded by a half-dozen FBI investigators. They found an incredible scene inside: there were hundreds of wine bottles in various degrees of falsification. They also found nearly 20,000 artificially aged printed labels from the world’s 27 rarest wines, as well as complete instructions on how to make them. It was a major wine-related fraud.

March 8, 2022: On this day, the Raise Your Glass for Equality Toast. Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the wine, beer, and spirits industries toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive era, has released the program details for its annual free and public event, Raise Your Glass for Equality Toast, which will be held virtually on International Women’s Day.

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