Six California Chardonnays along with four French white burgundies were selected for a blind tasting event in Paris in 1976. Top French wine experts judged and ranked the wines, and the 1973 Chateau Montelenaâ€™s Chardonnay came out on top, making history. There was also a red competition featuring California Cabernet Sauvignon vs. French Bordeaux in which Napaâ€™s Stagâ€™s Leap Wine Cellarsâ€™ Cabernet took top prize also.
In Retrospect, the Judgement of Paris was seminal, but at the time, no one was talking about it and it wasnâ€™t until years later that we even heard about it. There just wasnâ€™t much fuss over it at the time. But, as history has shown, it changed the way people viewed California wines.