Judgement of Paris

The Judgement of Paris (or The Paris Wine Tasting of 1976) was a wine competition pitting unheralded Californian wines against some of the finest wines in France.

It was organised in the French capital on 24th May 1976 by British wine expert Steven Spurrier.

The competition comprised of top-quality Californian Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons tasted alongside white Burgundies and Bordeaux reds.

Suprisingly at the time, a Californina wine ranked top in each category: the 1973 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay and by the 1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

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1976 Judgement of Paris wines enter US hall of fame

21st November 2013

The Napa wines that famously beat France's best in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting have been chosen from among millions of artefacts as one of the 101 items that 'made America'.

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Vineyard at Stockcross revisits Judgement of Paris

19th July 2012

Another recreation of the legendary Judgement of Paris tasting has ended in a convincing victory for American wines.

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Spurrier unveils 'Judgement of Paris' canvas at The Vineyard

24th May 2012

Steven Spurrier has unveiled an extraordinary new painting – a huge canvas of the legendary 1976 Judgement of Paris.

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Bride Valley blessed as Steven Spurrier celebrates 70th birthday

11th October 2011

Steven Spurrier celebrated his 70th birthday in a manner difficult to imagine a decade ago—with a picnic on a hillside in Dorset overlooking his vineyard (lovingly and sometimes arduously tended...

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Film Review: Bottle Shock

18th March 2009

One of two films based on the famed ‘Judgement in Paris’ which overnight brought respectability upon the upstart wines produced in California, Bottle Shock will be – like its iconoclastic...

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Napa takes Bottle Shock to its heart

29th July 2008

Bottle Shock, the notorious film based on the 1976 Judgment of Paris, had its Napa Valley debut last Saturday.

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Bottle Shock opens to mixed reviews

21st January 2008

Bottle Shock, the first of the long-awaited movies about the Paris Tasting, has premiered at Sundance to mixed reviews.

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Paris Tasting film with Alan Rickman slated for Sundance

1st October 2007

Bottle Shock, one of the films about the 1976 Paris Tasting, has finished shooting and will premier at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

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Spurrier threatens action against rival Judgement of Paris film

27th July 2007

Steven Spurrier has accused the producers of a rival ‘Judgement of Paris’ film of defamation and threatened to sue in the strongest possible terms.

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'Judgement of Harris' pits South Africans against Californians

25th May 2007

The obsession with comparative tastings shows no sign of letting up, with the South Africans holding their own ‘Judgement of Paris’ tomorrow.

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