NWWF to Recreate 'Judgment of Paris'

In the history of fine wine, it was the moment. The moment when California vintners—virtual children in the craft of winemaking—bested the French, shocked the world and legitimized American wineries.

In 1976, a wine tasting that came to be known as “The Judgment of Paris” marked the first time that two American wineries, Chateau Montelena and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, trumped French labels in a blind taste test.

The Naples Winter Wine Festival trustees today announced that they will re-create that magic as part of their 2016 event. They’ve invited Steven Spurrier—a British-born Parisian wine merchant who created and hosted the original event—and George Taber, author of the namesake best-selling book, who at that time was the European journalist for Time magazine. Joining them will be the proprietors of the two winning wineries, Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena and Ted Baseler of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, for a tasting of their wines.

The event takes place Thursday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m., a day before the Naples Winter Wine Festival officially begins.

“We are thrilled to bring the ‘wine event of the century’ to the Naples Winter Wine Festival,” says Sandi Moran, co-chair of the 2016 Naples Winter Wine Festival. “We always try to offer guests unique experiences found nowhere else in the world, and this year’s event is no exception. Guests will have an incomparable opportunity to taste wines from the very wineries that put California on the map.”

Proceeds from the Naples Winter Wine Festival—one of the nation’s biggest charity wine auctions—support health, educational and social service needs of Collier County children. For more information, visit