Paris Tasting of 1976: California vs. France

Paris Tasting of 1976: California vs. France


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Sips of the Week Trimbach Riesling, Alsace, France Winery Notes: Beautiful straw color with green edges. Fine mineral fragrance with ginger, caraway seed, under ripe pineapple and flowers. Flavors of white peach, quince and lemon on the palate with a lingering, clean and dry finish. Served best with marinated, grilled, or sauced fish, and sushi. Delicious with traditional Alsace dishes like onion tart, sauerkraut, and pork. Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA Winemaker’s Notes: Eroica is an elegant off-dry Washington Riesling that has blazed a trail for high-end American Riesling. Eroica delivers Riesling a unique combination of mandarin orange aromas characteristic of Washington State Rieslings, melded with the mineral, spiced apple and slate notes with lively, crisp acidity associated with German Riesling. The wine’s zesty acidity, combined with a touch of sweetness, makes it a tremendously versatile and food friendly wine. Try Eroica with Asian cuisine, Indian curries, crab, scallops and sushi or even a fresh salad! All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at Featured Guests George Taber, Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine. George M. Taber, author of Judgment of Paris joined us to talk about his book and first-hand account of this legendary tasting. George spent forty years as a reporter and editor, primarily on business affairs, before turning his attention to writing wine books. In 1976 Taber published an account in Time about the famous Paris Tasting, when unknown California wines bested the best French wines in a blind Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon tasting. Nearly 30 years later, he delved into the story again and wrote Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine (Scribner, September 2005), which became a best-selling book. It was selected as the wine book of the year by Decanter, the British wine magazine. Upcoming Events 11/8 Join Laurie at Crush 2013 Judgement at the Mansion held at The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion Home of The Engineers Club A Blind Tasting of French Wine vs. USA Wine with accompanying Entrée Stations $75 person Includes Valet Parking, and Tax & Gratuity on Food & Beverage Inspired by the 1976 Judgment at Paris tasting where California’s wines beat the French wines and shocked the wine world! Featuring “The Wine Coach” – Laurie Forster, host of “The Sipping Point” on WBAL leading ‘The Art of Blind Tasting’ at 7pm & 8pm. Join us on Friday, November 8 at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion as we host our 6th Annual Crush wine tasting to benefit the endowment. This year’s theme is Judgment at the Mansion – French Wines vs. USA Wines – with accompanying Entree Stations.

  • Come enjoy wines from ten of France’s wine regions tasted side-by-side with their US counterparts!
  • Includes a blind tasting of a Right Bank Bordeaux, a Left Bank Bordeaux, & a White Burgundy against their US counterparts inspired by the historic 1976 Judgment at Paris that you decide.
  • Guests also enjoy entrée stations paired with the wines & have the opportunity to enjoy a special mini-class, ‘The Art of Blind Tasting’ led by Laurie Forster, “The Wine Coach” at no additional charge. (Seating for the classes is limited, so buy your tickets/reserve your seats early.)
  • Vote for your favorites & enter for a chance to win a selected case of Judgment at the Mansion wines.

Next Week We’ll be back next week to explore the recipe for a delicious life! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.