By CHRIS MERCER — DECANTER Newsletter — Thursday 21 November 2013
The Napa wines that famously beat France’s best in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting have been chosen from among millions of artefacts as one of the 101 items that ‘made America’.
Smithsonian magazine, representing the 167-year-old, US-based Smithsonian Institution, one of the largest museum and research complexes in the world, picked out the handful of 1973 vintage Napa wines from 137m possible events and symbols. They now sit alongside Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit, and the American flag — the star spangled banner — in terms of their contribution to US history.
Judgement of Paris – wine-tasting event of 1976 © Gary Myatt 2012, 6×3 m. Oil on canvas, at the Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury UK (suite…)