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May 24th, 2016 was the 40th Anniversary of the Judgement of Paris blind tasting heard ’round the world.

In 1976, Chateau Montelena‘s Chardonnay and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars‘ Cabernet Sauvignon beat the best the French had to offer; a shocking result at the time. Yet it almost wasn’t publicized.

In this podcast you’ll hear how the historic Paris Tasting came together, where some of the winning Chardonnay grapes were sourced (hint: not from Napa Valley), and how word spread across the globe.

Guests include tasting organizer Steven Spurrier, Time Magazine journalist George M. Taber, winemaker Mike Grgich and winegrower Helen Bacigalupi. Fill a glass and enjoy the tale of a significant moment in wine making history.

 

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Steven Spurrier in the middle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catching up with Steven during the 40th Anniversary event at Raymond Vineyards, hosted by Jean-Charles Boisset.