Judgement of Paris : 1976, The Year Californian Wines Made History

This May , we are celebrating 40 years since the seminal occasion of the Judgement of Paris. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Judgement of Paris tasting in 1976 we’ve created an infographic that tells the wine tasting story.

Organised by Steven Spurrier, the blind wine tasting of French and Californian wines changed the future of wine making and the perceptions of wine producing countries. Unknown Californian wines such as Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons were chosen over some of France’s finest by some of France’s top wine aficionados.

The blind tasting established Californian as a major player in the wine industry and to date it is the fourth biggest wine producer in the world.

Judgement of Paris key facts

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Recommended reading for the full story: The judgement of pairs book “Judgement of Paris, California vs. France, The historic 1976 Paris tasting that revolutionised wine” by George M. Taber, published by Scribner and available at reception.

Recommended viewing: Bottle Shock (2008) is a comedy drama film based on the Judgement of Paris, directed by Randall Miller and starring Alan Rickman (as Steven Spurrier), also available at reception.