Judgement of Paris

Stag's Leap winery view

Stag's Leap winery view

We based our trip to California round the wineries that had wines in the famous Judgement of Paris (see the movie Bottleshock) where 6 Cabs and 6 Chardonnays were put up against top flight French equivalents in a blind tasting to commemorate the USA tri-centenary in 1976. We managed to taste at 9 of the 12; one not receiving visitors and two too far South from where we were.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars - 1973 vintage in Paris
Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello - 1971 (Not in the area but can taste at their Lytton Springs winery)
Heitz Wine Cellars Martha's Vineyard - 1970
Clos Du Val Winery - 1972
Mayacamas Vineyards - 1971
Freemark Abbey Winery - 1969

Chateau Montelena - 1973
Spring Mountain Vineyard - 1973
Freemark Abbey Winery - 1972
Veedercrest Vineyards - 1972 (Did not taste here as they are no longer open to the public; not even sure if they are still in business)
We did not taste the following because being South of San Francisco they were outside our area: 
Chalone Vineyard - 1974
David Bruce Winery - 1973

Please see the map below - click on the icon to see our notes about our visit to the winemaker.