Revisiting the 1976 "Judgement of Paris"
California vs France – a private Online Wine Tasting
2nd July 2020, 18:30
Over three pairings, we tackle the question of which offers better value in fine wines: Old or New World?
In 1976, Steven Spurrier pitched some of France’s finest Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon blends against the upstart California in a blind tasting, with France's top wine critics judging.
The French producers, with all their history, were thoroughly expected to put the Americans in their place. In a shock to the world, California won in both categories. Suddenly, they were on the map.
Over 40 years later, we thought it would be fun to revisit this question and add in California's latest superstar: Pinot Noir. Again, dominated by the Burgundians, can California possibly match up against centuries of experience? You decide! Both regions have changed so much
We carefully decant and re-package tasting samples of each wine. Whoever wins, you get to enjoy 8 delicious, sommelier-selected wines! Join us on Zoom as we talk you through the tasting.
Introduction: Over a glass of White Bordeaux, we walk you through how the tasting works.
Pairing 1: Chardonnay. A classic Villages Chardonnay from Burgundy takes on Napa.
Pairing 2: Pinot Noir. A Premier Cru from Beaune / Côte de Nuits challenges the Santa Rita Hills.
Pairing 3: Cabernet Sauvignon blend. For a classic left bank Bordeaux style, we pitch a Pauillac or Margaux Cru Classé against one of Napa Valley's most historic wineries.
Judgement: While we announce and discuss the winners, listen to your views and answer any final questions, we finish with a taste of a Californian Port-style fortified wine.
Your hosts: Jamie Smith is a certified CSW Sommelier and WSET Educator, Alex Taylor is a WSET and Plumpton College-educated winemaker. Our style is approachable, jargon-free and entertaining.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours.
Price: Individual – £38 (8 x 50ml). Couple – £75 (8 x 100ml). P&P – £5. (All prices include 20% VAT)
Your wine should arrive the day before the tasting. Refrigerate the white Bordeaux and the two Chardonnays.
Deadline: Bookings must be received by midnight of Friday 26th June to allow us time to source, bottle and post out the wines in time.