Henry Jeffreys

How to infuriate the French

Memories of the ‘Judgment of Paris’, his notorious blind wine tasting of 1976, still rankle in France to this day

Fine wine rarely makes it into the public consciousness, but one event in 1976 has proved of perennial interest: the so-called Judgment of Paris. It heralded the arrival of wine from the New World, but also tapped into popular prejudice. Who can resist French wine snobs being made to look foolish? So these memoirs by Steven Spurrier, the man behind that notorious tasting, have been keenly anticipated.

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