A walk with B-21 through the years...
1971 The Rhone valley village of Gigondas sheds its Cotes-du-Rhone-Village status and receives AOC status from the French government.
1973 Andre Tchelistcheff, major contributor to developing technical skills of American winemaking (nicknamed 'Dean of American Winemakers'), retires from winemaking at Beaulieu Vineyards (BV).
1976 The Wine Spectator is founded and issued in newspaper format.
Vodka overtakes Whisky as the leading spirit consumed in the U.S.
1977 Chateau Montelena (1973 Chardonnay) and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars (1973 Cabernet Sauvignon) of Napa Valley win the Judgment of Paris tasting and catapult American wines into the international spotlight.
1978 Robert Parker releases the first issue of The Wine Advocate.