Saturday, February 17, 2018

So, what happened to Italy and Spain in 1976?

Belatedly, I’m shocked at The Judgment of Paris, or as it is otherwise known: Bottle Shock!

Steven Spurrier did something remarkable, and all told, advanced the gravitas and value of California wines and their winemakers; thirty years later California did it again by destroying the myth of French wine superiority (There are plenty of dubious minds).
But my belated shock is, whatever happened to the other two giants of the wine world, notably Italy and Spain? They were conspicuous by their absence and continue to be left out of the hubbub. Could four countries be that much more difficult to accommodate in such an important contest?
Well, my point is made, and I make no aspersions on Mr. Spurrier, but just wanted to be on record as saying that an evaluation of this sort of judgment panel and participants be examined for future grandiose wine events (Maybe they are happening unbeknownst to me).
Ideas like a Judgment of International Malbec, Riesling, or Sauvignon Blanc could be thematically plausible, equitable, and quite fun indeed.
Greater minds, energy, and resources than mine will have to be employed to consider the possibilities.

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