Which of the following events did NOT happen in 1973?

A. Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux got promoted to First Growth status

B. Sutter Home launched the first white zinfandel

C. Wine of Origin in South Africa was introduced

D. Marlborough’s first sauvignon blanc vines were planted


Many significant wine related events happened globally in 1973, but the creation of white zinfandel wasn’t among them. California’s Sutter Home actually introduced white zin the year before–in 1972. It wasn’t until 1975, however, that white zinfandel became the sweetish wine it is today. In that year, Sutter Home accidentally “discovered” the off-dry style of white zin thanks to a stuck fermentation. The very large producers Beringer and Woodbridge introduced their white zins soon after.

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