Madison Life and Times Summer 2016 - Page 35

WINE California topped France to stun wine world 40 years ago T he 40th anniversary of one of the semiThe Grgich chard compares favorably to white nal moments in wine history is upon us. Burgundy because he forgoes the traditional On May 24, wine aficionados around California malolactic fermentation. Essentially, the world, but particularly in California, that’s the wine-making process that adds the will celebrate the Judgment at Paris wine tasting rich, buttery flavors many seem to like or hate in that rocked the wine world in 1976. California chardonnay. The Grgich chard will A British wine shop owner in Paris organized offer a cleaner taste with a good acidity much a tasting of California’s best versus the like white Burgundy or perhaps a best of France. The idea was considChablis. ered a bit of a novelty until a prestiOne of the French wines that day gious group of French judges, in a in Paris was Drouhin Clos Des blind tasting, picked American wines as Mouches. The wine can be found in best in both red and white categories. a few Indiana shops. It truly is a That sets the stage for a little sumbeautiful example of Burgundian mer fun with wine. If you appreciate white wine. It will set you back wine and have friends who enjoy a around $100 a bottle. glass or two, do what most wine drinkThe California red wine winner is ers enjoy most. Wine is most appreciat- Howard Hewitt distributed in Indiana, but make WINE COLUMNIST ed when shared and discussed with sure you get Stags Leap Cellars. It’s friends. not to be confused with another Howard W. Hewitt, Through eight years of writing about winery just down the Silverado Trail Crawfordsville, writes in Napa Valley that’s quite historic wine, I’ve discovered it is enjoyable to about wine for each talk wine with those who enjoy it as called Stags Leap. Stags Leap is much as I do. I have a regular group of issue وXY\