Wednesday, March 07, 2007

American wine giant Ernest Gallo dies

The Guardian

The man whose company popularised generic new world wines and introduced the high-alcohol-content Thunderbird to generations of British teenagers has died aged 97.
Ernest Gallo, the last of the two Gallo brothers to die, co-founded E&J Winery in 1933, building it into the world's second largest wine company.
It popularised grape varieties such as burgundy and chardonnay and is credited with creating an international market for Californian wines under the name Ernest and Julio Gallo


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