October 17, 1969: On this day, Theodore Ernest Els, a South African professional golfer, was born. He holds the rare distinction of winning the US Open and the Open Championship twice each. He collaborates with winemaker Louis Strydom on his winery Ernie Els Wines.

October 17, 1975: The Crémant de Bourgogne, an AOC classification produced in the Yonne, the Côte d’Or, the Saône et Loire, and the Rhone, became a mainstay of Burgundy. On October 17, 1975, Crémant de Bourgogne was added to the list of restricted origin appellations. There are four names for it: white Crémant de Bourgogne, whitest of white Crémant de Bourgogne, whitest of red Crémant de Bourgogne, and rosé Crémant de Bourgogne. Currently, the appellation sells 19.2 million bottles annually.

October 17, 2018: On this day, Wine Calling, a wine documentary, was released. The film, directed by Bruno Sauvard, puts in the spotlight the minority of French wineries that prioritize sustainable, traditional, eco-friendly techniques to produce their wines.

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