Judgment of Paris

Judgment of Paris

California Vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine

Book - 2005
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The only reporter present at the mythic Paris Tasting of 1976--a blind tasting where a panel of esteemed French judges chose upstart California wines over France's best--for the first time introduces the eccentric American winemakers and records the tremendous aftershocks of this historic event that changed forever the world of wine.

The Paris Tasting of 1976 will forever be remembered as the landmark event that transformed the wine industry. At this legendary contest--a blind tasting--a panel of top French wine experts shocked the industry by choosing unknown California wines over France's best.

George M. Taber, the only reporter present, recounts this seminal contest and its far-reaching effects, focusing on three gifted unknowns behind the winning wines: a college lecturer, a real estate lawyer, and a Yugoslavian immigrant. With unique access to the main players and a contagious passion for his subject, Taber renders this historic event and its tremendous aftershocks--repositioning the industry and sparking a golden age for viticulture across the globe. With an eclectic cast of characters and magnificent settings, Judgment of Paris is an illuminating tale and a story of the entrepreneurial spirit of the new world conquering the old.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2005.
ISBN: 9780743247511
Branch Call Number: 641.22094436109047 T113
Characteristics: vii, 327 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.


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May 15, 2016

As the only journalist who actually bothered to show up for the famous "Judgement of Paris" back in 1976, George Taber gives us a riveting behind-the-scenes look at a tasting that completely altered the landscape of wine making across the world. A contest organized by British wine merchant Stephen Spurrier pitting little-known California vintages against what was thought to be superior French wines, everyone--including Spurrier himself--thought that France and its iconic terroir would easily rule the day. But to the shock of oenophiles everywhere, California's Chateau Montelena and Stag's Leap won best Chardonnay and red wine respectively. Sending shock waves across both oceans, suddenly California, largely seen back then as a backwater wine producing region, became the cool, hip thing to drink. Some great chapters in this book deal with the history of California viticulture, which was nearly wiped out after Prohibition and rose like a Phoenix in the decades following the Second World War. Much like a last place sports team rebuilding for future championships, you can't help but root for the underdog as you read Taber's book! Forget the movie Bottle Shock--read the Judgment of Paris instead!!

Apr 04, 2011

Quite a long book with much detail on Napa wines and the history behind their development. The Judgement story is quite well done.

Mar 12, 2011

The Judgment of Paris - the blind tasting between California and French wines in Paris circa 1976 - a momentous event in the world of wine! A compelling read for non-oenophiles and wine enthusiasts alike. Recounted in a cheerful manner without too much technical argot, the story is fascinating.

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