Judgment of Napa

I really admire what you are planning for the Judgment of Napa.
— Steven Spurrier

Cultured Vine has announced a unique tasting experience inspired by one of the most significant wine events in history. The Judgment of Napa, a recreation of the pivotal 1976 Judgment of Paris competition that put Napa Valley wine on the world’s radar, is a limited opportunity to decide what you deem to be the frontrunner of Napa Valley wine as you taste alongside French vintages.

 
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Today, Napa Valley is a globally-recognized wine mecca that first received worldwide attention following the original Judgment of Paris. Conceived by wine merchant Steven Spurrier, the competition was held in Paris, France 43 years ago and put renowned French bottles up against Napa newcomers, with the expectation that French wine would outshine American wine without question. The results were shocking: Napa wines won for both reds and whites and thus made the valley a new area of focus while also spurring the globalization of wine.

 
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what can you expect

The tasting will last between 90 minutes and 2 hours. It will be moderated by Master of Wine Peter Marks, who assisted Steven Spurrier in organizing the 2006 Napa Valley reenactment and is one of only 40 Masters of Wine residing in the United States. He received his MW in 1995, when he also became the first American to receive the Madame Bollinger Foundation Award, which is bestowed annually to the MW candidate with the highest blind tasting score.

*Wines subject to change based on availability

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what is included

The Judgment of Napa is subject to availability and allows for up to four people. In addition to the wine tasting each participant will receive the following:

  • A welcome glass of Steven Spurrier’s sparkling wine, Bride Valley

  • Personal score card for wine tasting experience

  • A signed copy of George Taber’s book, “Judgment of Paris”

For true wine connoisseurs, the Judgment of Napa presents a unique opportunity to revisit the most significant blind tasting in wine history, with unrivalled expertise to guide you through the entire event. Naturally, Cultured Vine can build an entire Napa Valley experience around your tasting, with customized accommodations, dining and winery visits.