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May 7

This Day In Wine History May 7

May 7, 1785: On this day, Sauvignon Blanc was discovered in France, where it acquired prominence in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux.

May 7, 1945: Alfred Jodl, the head of the German military, presented General Dwight D. Eisenhower with an unconditional surrender offer at Reims. Six cases of Pommery from the 1934 vintage were served to commemorate the signing the following morning.

May 7, 1971: On this day, Vernaccia di Oristano was the very first wine to be given DOC designation on the island of Sardinia. The fortified liquoroso classification is also a part of this appellation, as are the Superiore and Riserva labels, awarded to wines matured in barrels for three and four years, respectively.

May 7, 2001: On this day, the Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) initiated the formation of the Sustainable Winegrowing Joint Committee to give leadership and direction to create the California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Workbook. Throughout the last 19 years, the Joint Committee has continued to offer a technical approach to the program. It has been a significant contributor to the growth of sustainability in the United States.

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