45th Anniversary of the Judgment of Paris Wine Tasting - 1976
Remembering 45 years ago today and Steven Spurrier.....From our friends at Clos du Val
It was 45 years ago today…. that Steven Spurrier (Wine Expert, Author, Educator) set up a blind tasting contest between the best French and American wines (using only French judges) in the year of America’s Bicentennial….yet with movies like BottleShock detailing the event, and George Tabor, Time Magazine, (the only reporter recording the proceedings) with his article and it’s follow-on article “How America Kicked France in the Pants And Change and World of Wine Forever” along with Tabor’s book Judgment of Paris….we still remember this historic wine event. It seems like yesterday. Many “replays” of this event have occurred over the years with the American wines still winning.
My friends at Clos du Val (one of the American Napa Valley entrants and high-placing winners,) Napa Valley, sent this remembrance email to me today. I felt the need to pass this along to all of you.
I feel the recent passing of Stephen Spurrier more personally, as he was the person who handed me my WSET Diploma of Wine certificate at the 2018 graduation in the Wine GuildHall in London. Let’s open a glass of a great Napa Valley wine tonight in celebration!