August 31st, 2016
Rhonda Abrams of USA Today, writes about the 40th anniversary of the Judgement of Paris. There are a few quotes from our very own David Gates, Senior VP of Vineyard Operations.
This year is the 40th anniversary of the “Judgment of Paris,” the blind taste test that pitted the best French wines against the cream of California’s crop. Confident that French wines had no competition, the most prestigious wine experts in France agreed to judge. The outcome: Top honors went to California wines, both red and white.
“The California wine industry then was really struggling,” said David Gates, senior vice president of Ridge Vineyards. “There were lots of people really dedicated to making wine, but mostly selling their wines within 50 miles of the winery.”
“Other winemakers, all over the world benefitted from the event,” said Gates, even if they weren’t in the test. Ridge Vineyards itself is not in Napa, but located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.