The Art of California Wine: Bottle Shocking
In 1976, a blind tasting by French judges generated results that shocked the world of wine lovers: California wines were deemed to be superior to French wines. The episode, termed "The Judgment of Paris" by oenophiles, ranked the Golden State's wine producers among the best in the world. In 2008, the saga was immortalized in the hit film, Bottle Shock. Tonight's event, organized by Barbara Baxter of Planet Wine, features a tasting of wines similar to those most highly rated in the 1976 test: a white from Chateau Montelena (the focus of the film's plotline) and a red from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. After the tasting, we are screening Bottle Shock, with remarks by Todd Harris and Robert Baizer, two of the film's producers. Representatives of Chateau Montelena and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars will be on hand to discuss what the 1976 victory—and the film—have meant for California wine.
Los Angeles Times Central Court & Bing Theater | Tickets (includes wine tasting and film screening): $30 general admission; $20 LACMA members | Tickets 323 857 6010 or purchase online.
Screening made possible by the generosity of Shocking Bottle, LLC.
Generously sponsored by Chateau Montelena and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.
Image: Courtesy of Shocking Bottle, LLC.