The Paris Tasting
Cabernet Sauvignon
Stag's Leap vine cutting
I n 1976, British wine connoisseur and merchant Steven Spurrier visited the United States and became convinced of the maturity and competitiveness of American wines. Returning to England, he decided to put his views to the test. In the Paris tasting organized by Spurrier, two California wines--a 1973 Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and a 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay--scored highest when matched against French Bordeaux (made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape) and White Burgundies (made from the Chardonnay grape). In fact, American wines made a good showing throughout the competition. The Paris tasting gave international recognition and much-needed momentum to American vintners, American wines, and American methods of grape growing and wine production.

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