- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Scribner (November 21, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743297326
- ISBN-13: 978-0743297325
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
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In 1976, a Paris wine shop arranged a tasting as a gimmick to introduce some California wines; the judges, of course, were all French and militantly chauvinistic. Only one journalist bothered to attend, a Time correspondent, looking for a possible American angle. The story he got turned out to be a sensation. In both red and white blind tastings, an American wine won handily: a 1973 Stag's Leap cabernet and a 1973 Chateau Montelena chardonnay. When the story was published the following week, it stunned both the complacent French and fledgling American wine industries—and things have never been the same since. Taber, the Time man, has fashioned an entertaining, informative book around this event. Following a brisk history of the French-dominated European wine trade with a more detailed look at the less familiar American effort, he focuses on the two winning wineries, both of which provide him with lively tales of colorful amateurs and immigrants making good, partly through willingness to experiment with new techniques. While the outrage of some of the judges is funny, this is a serious business book, too, sure to be required reading for American vintners and oenophiles. Photos.
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In 1976, a Paris-based British wine merchant, Steven Spurrier, organized a blind tasting of California and French wines in honor of the bicentennial of the American Revolution. With labels hidden from view, French wine experts in attendance at Spurrier's event pronounced the California wines generally superior to those from France. Some judges professed to be unable even to discern which wines were French and which American. Media reports of this tasting sent shockwaves throughout the wine world. Thirty years after the event, this seems very old news, but at the time it marked an absolute revolution in taste and in expectations. California's wine industry took off, commanding ever-higher prices and attracting even more talent. French wineries were forced to innovate and find better ways to market their formerly unrivalled bottlings. Taber expands on the events leading up to this celebrated event with a readable, concise history of wine making in America, recounting the long journey from sweet, sacramental concord grape wines to today's range of sophisticated offerings. Mark Knoblauch
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The author, George M. Taber, has followed this excellent factual documentary text with another great book which I highly recommend.
George's next wine book is "To Cork or Not to Cork. It may not sound exciting, but George has done an outstanding job of researching the technology of sealing wine bottles over a rather extended period of time.
He points up the issues, the alternatives, the problems, the quality control issues of cork production, and has written an excellent thesis on the move to screw-top technology.
For me, this book achieved the remarkable status of being nearly a "Page Turner". Excitement in Corking!!
The book was (loosely) adapted into a fun film called "Bottle Shock", which is enjoyable to watch, but several details were changed in the film to move the narrative.