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George Taber Recreates the Judgment of Paris

Jul 5, 2012
George Taber Recreates the Judgment of Paris
New Jersey wines shock all and score big

wine_2So it’s probably safe to say that next-to-nobody thinks: I feel like a New Jersey cabernet with my grilled steak tonight.

Hold on. The wine world just got pulled inside out. And that phrase about New Jersey wine? You actually might be saying it in the near future.

Before we give you the news scoop, a few words of background are necessary. In 1976 the tasting that is widely acknowledged to have put California wines on the map was the so-called Judgment of Paris tasting of 1976. Twelve California wines were put in a blind tasting with the best French white Burgundies and red Bordeaux. You know what happened: the California wines came out on top. Reporter George Taber—then at TIME--broke the story.

Cut to the present. Taber just organized a tasting called The Judgment of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey. It was modeled on the famous Paris tasting, and included nine judges from France, Belgium and the U.S. New Jersey wines were tasted blind against the same French icons-- Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Chateau Haut Brion, and others. So, in the end: the highest scoring white and red were both French wines. But—here’s the astounding part--three of the four top whites were from New Jersey and the best New Jersey red ranked 3rd place.

You could scoff, make a dozen jokes about Snookie. Or, we could consider the possibility that Bruce Springsteen’s spirit is now being channeled into New Jersey’s vino.

To learn more about the Judgment at Princeton, keep reading here.

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