Will California Wines Again Reign Supreme at This Judgment of Paris-Inspired Event

Courtesy Cultured Vine by Ben Finch

The Judgment of Napa is a modern day take on the famed Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 in which two California wines beat out French wines to take home top honors.

Wine connoisseurs will likely remember the famed 1976 Judgment of Paris event, wherein, following a blind taste test, two California wines received the competition's top honors (the 1973 chardonnay from Chateau Montelena and the 1973 cabernet sauvignon from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars). 


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Well, we've got good news: those looking to get in on an exclusive tasting of a similar caliber are in luck. This May at Clos du Val in Napa, luxury concierge Angela Duerr and team behind Cultured Vine will create an event inspired by the legendary tasting of 1976. Except this time around, the public is invited to participate.


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For $15,000 per ticket, 50 people will be able to taste wines selected by Masters of Wine Peter Marks and Matt Deller. These ticket holders will sit among the greats, like Steven Spurrier, British wine expert and organizer of the 1976 Judgment of Paris, and George Taber, the TIME reporter (and only journalist) who documented the Paris event—all while tasting world-class wines.


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VIP Premier tickets can also be purchased, which include an intimate dinner at a Napa vineyard, ground transportation, and an audience ticket for the Judgment of Napa. Both VIP Elite and Premier ticket holders get to enjoy a special welcome reception, wherein they can sip on vintages from the 1976 Paris event.

Start booking those flights.