Historic Wineries of California

In 2008, the movie Bottle Shock made Chateau Montelena a household name, but it was in 1976 when the kings of Calistoga really got their claim to fame, winning The Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, an event that rocked the wine world!

In this video, Wine Oh TV’s Monique Soltani heads to Chateau Montelena Winery and finds out how a couple of kids from the sticks turned the wine world upside down.

The Judgment of Paris

The Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 or the Judgment of Paris was a wine competition organized in Paris on 24 May 1976 by Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant, in which French judges carried out two blind tasting comparisons: one of top-quality Chardonnays and another of red wines (Bordeaux wines from France and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California). A California wine rated best in each category, which caused surprise as France was generally regarded as being the foremost producer of the world’s best wines. Spurrier sold only French wine and believed that the California wines would not win.  Four white Burgundies were tasted against six California Chardonnays. When the scores were tallied, the French Judges were convinced that the top-ranking white wine was one of their own. In fact, it was Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay, rated above all other wines. The results proved that Chateau Montelena could produce some of the world’s finest wines, and giving birth to the California’s wine industry we now know today.

Bo Barrett

 “The most important thing in winemaking is balance; from the technical aspect it is the strength of the triangle: balance of art, farming and science to make consistently great wines.”

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Historic Wineries of California: Far Niente Winery

Watch the interview with Beth Nickel here: wineoh.tv/celebrating-the-sweet-wine-life

Historic Wineries of California: Buena Vista Carneros

Watch the interview with Jean-Charles Boisset here: wineoh.tv/californias-first-premium-winery

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