January 1920: Beginning in this month, due to the onset of Prohibition, imports of commercial booze created in other countries entered the United States via Mexican and Canadian border crossings and the seacoasts. In the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the French islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, situated to the south of Newfoundland, were their favored supply sources. The United States government had no control over a point across the Delaware River from Atlantic City, New Jersey, where rum-running ships would often gather. The smugglers moored their boats in this location to offload their contraband onto high-powered vessels designed to outrun United States Coast Guard cutters.

January 2006: On this month, Casteel Custom Bottling was established. Casteel Custom Bottling is located in Salem, Oregon, United States, and produces bottles in service to the beverage manufacturing industry.

January 2010: In this month, according to a BBC investigation, 5,638 police complaints in the Strathclyde region of Scotland between 2006 and 2009, or three complaints per day on average, included the beverage Buckfast. Buckfast is supposed to have acquired traction in the West of Scotland because it resembles communion wine among Catholic followers of the Celtic Football Club. Buckfast, according to Scottish European Parliament member Catherine Stihler, is to blame for a great deal of misery in communities throughout the country. The 375 milligrams of caffeine in a one-liter bottle of tonic wine are equal to eight cans of cola.

January 2020: In this month, a major Cabernet Sauvignon spill gave one of Sonoma’s largest rivers a surprising makeover, as thousands of gallons of wine spilled into the Russian River from Rodney Strong Vineyards.

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