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Judgment of Paris: California Versus France and the 1976 Wine Tasting That Changed the World [Hardcover]

George M Taber
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19 Sep 2005
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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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (19 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743247515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743247511
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 16 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""The Judgment of Paris" is a fascinating recounting of that historic event that was like a lightning rod to the budding wine scene in California. It is a must read for anyone interested in wine." -- Daniel Johnnes, Wine Director Montrachet and President Daniel Johnnes Wines

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and detailed account 29 Dec 2009
I found this book to be entertaining, well written and thoughroughly researched. The author details each California character's background, qualifications and history with some interesting anecdotes. There is also reference to some current day wine characters. I found all their stories captivating and the history of wine in California particularly helpful. If you are looking for a lot of detail on the French side, there is not as much but it's a great book for anyone interested in wine and particularly those studying wine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent! 9 Mar 2014
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A truly mesmerising and informative insight into the rise of the global wine trade and the amazing progression achieved by a select few who believed in a dream and made it come to pass bearing those fruits in the stunning backdrop of Napa valley and nearby Sonoma.

Exceptional book and an absolute must for anyone with even the remotest interest in wine. Couldn't put it down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The event that changed the wine world. 19 Feb 2014
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An insight into the people involved, the development of the Napa Valley and how it changed the world wine order.
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