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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 France's best—and its revolutionary impact on the world of wine.

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The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History houses, amid its illustrious artifacts, two bottles of wine: a 1973 Stag's 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 France's 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 France's hallowed borders to Australia, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand, and across the globe.

Then Paris correspondent for Time magazine, 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 France's 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.

"Sean Runnette is clearly enamored by the subject as he lends eloquent emotion to vine-to-bottle creations." ---AudioFile

"An intoxicating indulgence for Sideways fans, and an education for would-be wine sophisticates." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"While the outrage of some of the judges is funny, this is a serious business book, too, sure to be required reading for American vintners and oenophiles." ---Publishers Weekly

"A vivid, robust story that goes down smoothly." ---Entertainment Weekly
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Judgment of Paris

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

Author George M. Taber

Narrated by Sean Runnette

Publication date Jun 30, 2011

Running time 15 hrs

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