1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Description
This bottle of 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon wine was produced by Warren Winiarski, founder, owner, and winemaker at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, in Napa, California. It is the vintage that outranked some of France's best Bordeaux at a blind tasting held in Paris in 1976. Organized by Steven Spurrier, an Englishman who ran a fine wine shop in Paris, the tasting involved a panel of nine experienced French judges who compared a select group of wines from France and California without benefit of knowing which was which. When the 1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon placed first, the judges were astonished, and the rest of the wine world took notice.
The "Judgment of Paris" had a huge impact on the California and U.S. wine industry. It crushed the widely-held belief that only the French could make premium wine and inspired American vintners to expand their operations. The aftermath of the tasting played out most vigorously in California, where, between 1975 and 2004, the number of wineries grew from 330 to 1,689. By 2004, California accounted for most of the $643 million in annual U.S. wine exports.
Object Name
bottle of wine
Date made
1973
referenced
Spurrier, Steven
owner
Winiarski, Warren
referenced
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
maker
Winiarski, Warren
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 in x 3 in; 30.48 cm x 7.62 cm
Place Made
United States: California, Napa
referenced
United States: California, Napa
United States: California
ID Number
1996.0029.01
catalog number
1996.0029.01
accession number
1996.0029
subject
Food
Wine
National Treasures exhibit
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
National Treasures exhibit
Exhibition
Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

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