George M. Taber
Author

Judgment of Paris

Judgment of Paris is the story of the comeback of California wine from the disaster of Prohibition to the
victory in 1976 of Napa wines at a tasting in Paris, where nine of France’s most esteemed judges scored
a California red and a white as better than the best France had to offer.

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"As has been retold countless times, most recently in George M. Taber's engrossing Judgment of Paris:
California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine
, the judges were
thoroughly deluded by their conviction that only French wines were capable of rapturous effect.
California's reputation for wine, as far as they were concerned, was somewhere south of Sicily."
—Eric Asimov, New York Times


"It was the most famous organized wine-tasting of all time, the moment when American wines beat
out their supposedly better French rivals in a blind tasting by French judges... There is a big payoff
in Taber's research, and especially his felicitous writing style."
—Orley Ashenfelter, Barron's


"A sprightly and definitive account [of the Paris Tasting] in a new book Judgment of Paris by the
American writer George M. Taber, the only journalist who was there.
—Jerry Adler, Newsweek


"Judgment of Paris is one of the best books on California wine I've read."
—James Laube, Wine Spectator

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