1976 California tasting is being repeated 30 years after putting New World wines on the map
In 1976 at the historic Paris Wine Tasting of French & Californian wines the Californian wines were voted superior to their French counterparts. This tasting really put Californian & New World wines on the map. The tasting has just been re-run with the exact same wines from 1970 & 1971 vintages and again California has beaten the French hands down. Wine critics Jancis Robinson, Hugh Johnson, Matthew Jukes, Michael Broadbent and Stephen Spurrier were at the tasting held in London while over in Napa the wines were tasted simultaneously by an equally eminent panel. The tasters were impressed by the quality after 30 years and found it difficult to tell the French and American wines apart.