Judgment of Paris

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 21, 2006 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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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.
 

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A very detailed account of wine-making in California. But it got bogged down too much in this detail for my tastes and, ultimately, I stopped reading three-quarters of the way through. Read full review

Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the historic 1976 Paris tasting that revolutionized wine

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More has happened in the wine field in the past four decades than in the previous four centuries. The turning point in the growing, producing, and drinking of wine in California was an obscure blind ... Read full review

Contents

A D D
5
The Little Wine Shop in Cité Berryer
7
France Ruled the World
17
The New Eden
29
T A Chapter 4 California Dreamer
45
Starting Over in America
57
A Revolution Begins
68
The Swashbuckling Wine Years
73
Making the 1973 Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
131
Making the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay
142
California Wines at the Tasting
165
French Wines at the Tasting
185
A Stunning Upset
197
A Dream Fulfilled
225
Dispatches from the International Wine Trade
243
France Revisited 275 Chapter 25 Napa Valley Revisited
289

In Search of a Simpler Life
83
An Apprentice Winemaker
91
The Rise of Robert Mondavi
100
Launching a New Winery
106
A Case of IndustrialStrength Burnout
115
The Rebirth of a Ghost Winery
123
epilogue
301
selected bibliography
307
index
313
reading tasting group guide
327
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George M. Taber is the author of Judgment of Paris, the 2006 wine book of the year for Britain's Decanter magazine. His second book, To Cork or Not to Cork, won the Jane Grigson Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for best book on wine and spirits and the Andre Simon Award for best wine book. Before turning to writing wine books, Taber was a reporter and editor for Time.

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