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Wine Shock: The Judgement of Paris

Series looking at key events in history, featuring archive accounts from the people who were there. How Californian winemakers stunned the French wine world in the 1970s.

Unknown Californian wines beat top French wines in a blind tasting in Paris in May 1976. The result shocked the wine world, transformed the reputation of Californian wine, and horrified the French wine industry. Steven Spurrier, the man who organised the tasting spoke to Alex Last about what became known as 'the Judgement of Paris'.

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11 minutes