HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A book! “Judgment of Paris” by George M. Taber.

Full title: Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine. 352 pages, $10.88.

Published in 2006, this engaging book serves as a brief history of wine-making and recounts the tiny 1976 wine tasting in France that changed the face of wine-making worldwide. It reads like an adventure story, with the characters’ lives and wineries interwoven. Many of these important winemakers are still active today, and their current operations are profiled along with other important winemakers in the world.

Amazon’s Description: 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 [Time Magazine], 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.

This is a great gift idea for your favorite wine wonk, including yourself!


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