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Judgment of Paris: California vs. France & the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine
Judgment of Paris: California vs. France & the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine George M. Taber 0743247515 9780743247511 Told for the first time by the only reporter present, this is the true story of the legendary Paris T
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Judgment of Paris: California vs. France & the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine by George M. Taber

Told for the first time by the only reporter present, this is the true story of the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976 -- a blind tasting where French judges shocked the industry by choosing unknown California wines over Frances best -- and its revolutionary impact on the world of wine.The Smithsonians National Museum of American History houses, amid its illustrious artifacts, two bottles of wine: a 1973 Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon and a 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay. These are the wines that won at the now-famous Paris Tasting in 1976, where a panel of top French wine experts compared some of Frances most famous wines with a new generation of California wines. Little did they know the wine industry would be completely transformed as a result, sparking a golden age for viticulture that extends beyond Frances hallowed borders -- to Australia, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand, and across the globe.Then Paris correspondent for Timemagazine, George M. Taber recounts this seminal contest and its far-reaching effects, focusing on the three gifted unknowns behind the winning wines: a college lecturer, a real estate lawyer, and a Yugoslavian immigrant. At a time when California was best known for cheap jug wine, these pioneers used radical new techniques alongside time-honored winemaking traditions to craft premium American wines that could stand up to Frances finest.With unique access to the main players and a contagious passion for his subject, Taber renders this historic event and its tremendous aftershocks in captivating prose, bringing to life an eclectic cast and magnificent settings. For lovers of wine and anyone who enjoys a story of the entrepreneurial spirit of the new world conquering the old, this is an illuminating and deeply satisfying tale.

Author: George M. Taber

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 327

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 2005-09-27

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