Judgment of Paris

Judgment of Paris

California Vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine

By George M. Taber; Robert G. Mondavi (Foreword by)

Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780743297325, 330pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2006

The only reporter present at the mythic Paris Tasting of 1976--a blind tasting where a panel of esteemed French judges chose upstart California wines over France's best--for the first time introduces the eccentric American winemakers and records the tremendous aftershocks of this historic event that changed forever the world of wine.
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.

About the Author
George M. Taber is the author of the bestselling Judgment of Paris, which recounts the story of the famous 1976 event when unknown California wines defeated top French ones. Taber's second book, To Cork or Not to Cork, won the Jane Grigson Award and was a finalist for the James Beard Award. Before turning to writing books, Taber was a reporter and editor with TIME magazine for twenty-one years, based in Bonn, Paris, Houston, and New York.

Praise For Judgment of Paris


-- Eric Asimov, The New York Times

"Judgment of Paris is one of the best books on California wine I've ever read."

-- James Laube, Wine Spectator

"[Taber] tells the tale with the same authority, depth, and clarity as the American wines that won. . . . Fascinating characters, great locales, and a fine bouquet."

-- Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin

"A vivid, robust story that goes down smoothly."

-- Entertainment Weekly

"If ever a story about wine could rise above the 'cooking, wine, and spirits' category and find a wider public, this is it."

-- Barron's