March 9, 1981: On this day, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery owner Anthony von Mandl (who is also the founder of White Claw Hard Seltzer) purchased Okanagan Winery. Canadian wineries are beginning to fulfill more and more of their perceived potential, and Mission Hill was one of the first wineries to discover the importance of the Okanagan Valley. The valley is rapidly becoming recognized as a wine region capable of producing extraordinary, high-quality wines.

March 9, 2021: Steven Spurrier passed away. He was the coordinator of the famous 1976 “Judgment of Paris,” a blind tasting competition that brought fame to Napa Valley’s wines and the United States wine industry. For more on the 1976 Paris Wine Tasting, see our other posts.

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