"Thirty years ago no one knew we would be celebrating this event," said Winiarski, "and every year its impact seemed to get bigger and bigger."
What conclusion are we to draw from all this?
"There is great doubt in my own mind," wrote wine critic and author Nathan Chroman in The Times 30 years ago about the original Judgment of Paris, "as to whether these types of odious comparisons really prove anything more than that people who should know better like to indulge in them." But he goes on to say that it used to mean something to compliment a California bottling by mistaking it for French.
"Those days are gone forever," he writes, "as California wines can stand alone nicely, thank you."
Apparently those words age nicely too.
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Judgment in Paris 30 years later
These are the results of the anniversary Judgment of Paris tasting of red wines from France and California held May 24, simultaneously in London, at Berry Bros. & Rudd, and in Napa, at Copia. The listing represents the combined scores of nine judges in London and nine in Napa. The second number, in parentheses, represents the rank of the wine in 1976.