September 21, 1945: On this day, Richard Childress was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Prior to being the founder and owner of Childress Vineyards since 2004, he achieved fame as a NASCAR driver and started the Richard Childress Racing team.

September 21, 1991: Armenia regained its independence following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The oldest archaeological evidence of wine making was discovered in Armenia, and after gaining its independence, many young and/or wealthy Armenians embraced the region’s ancient techniques and wine culture. In other words, Armenia’s wine industry has the distinction of simultaneously being the youngest and oldest in the world.

September 21, 2001: On this day, the Wine School of Philadelphia was founded by Keith Wallace, a former Baltimore journalist with an M.S. in Oenology and Viticulture from University of California, Davis. The school offers “sommelier and winemaking programs via the National Wine School and brewing programs with the Philly Beer School [as well as] plenty of fun and informative tasting classes” (Wine School website).

September 21, 2021: On this day, Lebanese vineyard Karam Wines was awarded Best Vineyard in Asia by World’s Best Vineyards. Founded by Captain Habib Karam in his home town of Jezzine, this family business works to make wine from a wide range of varietals grown at 1,400 meters above sea level.

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