Before 1976, no one considered California to be a producer of quality wine. The Judgment of Paris changed this forever. This wine competition, organized by Stephen Spurrier (a British wine merchant), included two blind tastings carried out by French judges. One tasting involved top quality Chardonnay and the other Bordeaux versus California Cabernet Sauvignon. California topped France in both categories putting it on the map as a top producer of quality wine. Join us for this interactive class in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the vinous shot heard around the world, where we will taste through current vintages of six to eight wines that were seen at the competition.
Sit back and relax as your sommelier instructor sets the stage for an unforgettable, educational wine experience. Our wine classes provide a unique context for the enjoyment of wine appropriate for every level of interest and expertise.
Throughout the evening, you will learn about the history, culture and language of wine through visual presentations, commentary and anecdotes from our personal experiences. And best of all, you’ll leave us with greater confidence, passion and understanding of the grapes so you can ultimately experience the pleasure of wine.
Note: Current vintages of six or seven of the following wines will be tasted in this class
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon ’Mountain Range’ (Montebello)
Clos Du Val, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon
Heitz Cellars ’Martha’s Vineyard’ Napa Valley/St. Helena, Cabernet Sauvignon
Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley/Rutherford, Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau Montelena, Chardonnay
Chalone Vineyards, Chardonnay
Spring Mountain, Chardonnay
Beaune Clos des Mouches, Joseph Drouhin, Chardonnay
Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley/Rutherford, Chardonnay
Puligny-Montrachet, Les Pucelles, Domaine Leflaive
Veedercrest, Napa Valley/Mt. Veeder, Chardonnay