Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine Paperback – 1 Dec 2006
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What it isn't, though, is a detailed analysis on the wines themselves and the reasons why some were rated higher than others. There are over 160 pages before you get to the wines that were actually included in the tasting- and even then, the stories about the people involved seem to take precedence over the wines and vineyards. There's also a pretty clear New World bias throughout- so if you like French wine, it can make for tough reading at points. Definitely a "popular wine" book.
Even if you did want a more technical read, this is still a fun book. There are some great romantic stories about how poor immigrants came to California with wine-making skills and work their way up to be wine-makers beating the top French vineyards, and how people spent their life savings to get a chance to make wine. You really get a good sense of the way attitudes to wine-making and selling have changed over time, and the tasting itself is a pretty important one, so it is nice to have a book written on it. Overall: a fun, light read: 7/10.
Californian wine from it's jug-wine image to becoming a match for the best of French wines.
It traces the beginnings of a small group of dedicated wine makers who struggled to achieve the
dream of making wine from Napa and Sonoma the best in the world and the culmination of their
efforts in 1976 when the wine world was changed forever. The book is out of print but good used
copies can be found at sensible prices.Demand is rising because of the two films of this book
recently released.It is not a book you can read at one sitting as there is a huge amount of detail
so it is best read in sections.It will wet your appetite to holiday in Napa area , see these wineries
and taste the wines .
All in all, a wonderfully enlightening insight into a key event in the wine world and this, normally slow reader, finished it in under two days!!
Exceptional book and an absolute must for anyone with even the remotest interest in wine. Couldn't put it down!
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