Background to the book


In 1976, an unknown bunch of upstarts from California brought their wine to Paris for a blind tasting event against some of the top French wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy. And they won. They beat the French. Sacre bleu!

People behind the wines

On one hand this is an excellent account of the human history of wine in California, the context and the lead up to this tasting event, and what transpired subsequently.

The impact of the Paris tasting

On the other hand, it charts the impact this event had on the world of wine - how it inspired a new generation of winemakers from around the world to produce world-beating wines. Definitely not just for winebuffs

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