In two previous articles there mostly was a history: a Paris tasting itself and story of the winner in a red wines category, great Stag’s Leap.


Another winner – Chateau Montelena - has its story too, but I’d rather reffer you to a history section of their website so that you may get the information from the original source.

But there were other participants from the California side. What about them?...

  • Ridge Vineyards

Its 1971 Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains AVA was ranked 5th in the red wine competition. In the 2006 30th Anniversary re-tastings it was named #1.

  • Heitz Cellar

Its  1970 single-vineyard Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet was entered in the red wine competition.

  • Clos Du Val

Its debut 1972 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon was entered in the the red wine of Paris Tasting.

In 10 years during the 10th anniversary rematch it was placed first.

  • Mayacamas Vineyards

Its 1971 Cabernet Sauvignon was named second in the Paris Tasting.

  • Freemark Abbey

Its two wines were included in the competition on both – red  (1969 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon) and white (1972 Chardonnay) categories.

  • Chalone Vineyard

Its 1974 Chardonnay from the Chalone AVA in Monterey County ranked third in white wines category.

Just 2 years later it was named first white wine in San Francisco wine tasting.

  • Spring Mountain Vineyard

Its 1973 Chardonnay ranked 4th high in the white wine competition.

(I checked the Wine-Searcher but could not find Spring Mountain Chardonnay now)

  • Veeder crest Vineyards

Its 1972 Chardonnay participated in the white wine tasting.

Its 1973 Chardonnay was entered into the white wine tasting

Today the estate is mostly famous for its outstanding Pinot Noirs.

And some facts not widely known.

  1. Selecting the wines for Paris tasting during his visit to Napa in 1976 the event organizer Steven Spurrier did not inform US winemakers about his purposes. Many of them got to know they were chosen just before the tasting.

  2. Steven Spurrier met a huge problem trying to get the wines he purchased for tasting from the US to Paris. He managed to spread the 24 bottles in luggage of a tour group and thus brought to France soon-to-be world best wines.

  3.  There was no official system of evaluation the wines – the only common ground for judges was the demand to grades them out of 20 points.

  4. The tasting was blind, nobody knew which wines - American or French – they were tasting.

  5. The “Bottle Shock” movie was inspired by the Paris Judgement tasting, though a lot of details was greatly fictionalized. Steven Spurrier was seriously thinking of suing the film makers.

 Now a new film based on George Taber’s “Judgment of Paris” book is about to be released?..

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