Posts Tagged ‘French wine’

May 24, 2006

California Wines Best The French

Well, it appears California bottlings walked away the big winner at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the 1976 Tasting of Paris held in Napa Valley and London. Only the original reds tasted in 1976 and a new collection of reds from Bordeaux and Napa were compared against one another. The winners are: Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 1971 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 In what must be a real surprise to many, California wines took the top five spots…

May 24, 2006

The New Paris Tasting Wines…what’s being tasted?

Today is the day of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the 1976 "Tasting of Paris". A new taste off will occur in France and in Napa Valley. The orginal tasting helped put CA wines on the map when CA took top prize among whites and reds. There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding this new tasting, particularly over whether or not the wines will be tasted blind. That said, we should have the results today. I came across…

May 2, 2006

I Can’t Help Myself

To quote a friend: "It’s a bit like watching a Civil War Re-enactment. You know who’s going to win." I can’t help myself. The whole fiasco with the celebration tasting (it’s not longer a competition) of the 1976 Paris Tasting is so weird, juicy and fun I just have to offer an update. A quick recap: In 1976 Steve Spurrier held a tasting between CA and French wines. The judges tasted the wines blind. CA wines came out on top….

May 1, 2006

The Pitiful Bordelais

Mark Fisher over at Wine Sediments gives us the heads up on a development which is at once pitiful while also indicative of the crisis that exists in the French wine industry. Fisher reports and comments on the fact that at the upcoming "redo" of the famed Paris Tasting of 1976, at which American wines surprising bested French wines and put this country’s vino on the map, will in fact not be a BLIND tasting as it was the first…