In May of 1976, the unthinkable happened. A Napa Valley Chardonnay beat the French White Burgundies, and a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon beat the French Bordeaux during a blind tasting held in Paris, France. George Taber, the only journalist that bothered to show up, ended up with the exclusive rights to the story. He documented the event in his book "The Judgement of Paris".
All the Napa Valley wines faired well across the board. The win signified a huge success for Napa Valley wines. The winning Chardonnay was from Chateau Montelena, and the winning Cabernet Sauvignon was from Stags Leap Cellars. Relive this historic moment with a bottle of each of the current vintage wines and an autographed copy of the book, "The Judgement of Paris" by George Taber.
You can hear more about this story and gain more insights directly from those who were a part of the story, by listening to the following episodes on my Wine Talks with Paul K podcast: Also, get more insights into the story by listening to the following episodes on my Wine Talks with Paul K podcast:
- Steven Spurrier: Architect of the tasting.
- George Taber: Author of the book.
- Violet Grgich: Daughter of the winemaker who made the winning wine.
- Bo Barrett: Owner of Chateau Montelena (was in the cellar at the time of the tasting).
- Available soon: Joanne DePuy (listen to how her humble wine touring company changed the world of wine)