Judgment of Paris - California Vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine-logo

Judgment of Paris - California Vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine

George M. Taber

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sean Runnette

Length:

13h 57m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

02:48


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

35:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

43:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

34:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

27:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

30:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

29:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

24:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

55:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

36:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

34:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

37:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

33:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

47:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

49:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

42:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

30:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

10:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:09