Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Taber...has fashioned an entertaining, informative book....[S]ure to be required reading for American vintners and oenophiles." Publishers Weekly
"A vivid, robust story that goes down smoothly." Entertainment Weekly
"Taber has a distinctive take on the phenomenal growth of the wine industry." Library Journal
"An intoxicating indulgence...and an education for would-be wine sophisticates." Kirkus Reviews
"[A] readable, concise history of wine making in America." Booklist
Looks at an event held in 1976 in which French judges, during a blind taste-test, chose unknown California wines to be superior to France's best wines. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
About the Author
George M. Taber is the author of andlt;iandgt;Judgment of Parisandlt;/iandgt;, the 2006 wine book of the year for Britain's andlt;Iandgt;Decanter andlt;/Iandgt;magazine.andnbsp;His second book, andlt;iandgt;To Cork or Not to Corkandlt;/iandgt;, 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 andandnbsp;spirits and the Andre Simon Award for best wine book. Before turning to writing wine books, Taber was a reporter and editorandnbsp;for andlt;iandgt;Time.andlt;/iandgt;