Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Judgment of Paris

The Judgment of Paris


       For those of you who from time to time enjoy a good wine, today is the anniversary of the Judgment of Paris, the competition in 1976 between the then still young California wine industry and the venerable French vintages.  The competition was sponsored by a seller of French wines and was intended to reinforce their position as the dominant vintners.

      It did not turn out so well.  Overall the California wines (including one of my favorites Stag’s Leap) prevailed.  Some of the judges (they were all French) tried to recover their score cards.

George Tabor wrote a book about the competition that includes background information of some of the wineries involved and the (generally dismal) history of wine production in the US after Prohibition. Since then the story has changed.



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