French vs Californian wines: the blind tasting that pitted old world against new, and rocked the industry

A popular dinner-party game among oenophiles is to blind taste wines and try to guess what they are. The best-known blind-tasting event was the 1976 Judgment of Paris, which pitted Californian chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon against burgundy and bordeaux, respectively. To everyone’s amazement, a Californian wine won first place in both categories, proving that the American state – despite its short wine history and culture – was capable of producing wines that could surpass…

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