November 3, 1916: On this day, the state of California will vote on whether or not to enact two changes to existing prohibition laws. Except for those who need it for “medical, sacramental, scientific, or mechanical reasons,” Proposition 1 would stop the production of alcohol and its sale and possession. A definition of liquor and a ban on the purchase or gifting of alcoholic beverages in public places are both included in Proposition 2.

November 3, 1985: On this day, The INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine) designated November 3rd as the official release date for Beaujolais Nouveau wines in 1985. As demand for these wines grew internationally, wineries began releasing them even earlier to ensure that bottles were accessible on international markets before the official release date.

November 3rd, 2012: On this day, police in Wenzhou, China, seized nearly 10,000 bottles of what they thought were fake Chateaux Lafite Rothschild. Although Lafite is popular among China’s nouveau riche, analysts believe that 50 to 70% of wine labeled “Château Lafite Rothschild” in China is phony. If the collection found in Wenzhou was real, it could have been worth as much as US$16 million.

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