Ben Laurie blathering

Official: Calfornian Wine is Better than French

I’ve long thought French wine was overrated. Its gratifying to know that wine-tasters agree. A rematch of the 1976 Judgement of Paris once again had the Californian wines on top. Even more gratifying that the first-placed red was made by my favourite winemaker – Ridge.


  1. Do you have a link for the ‘rematch’? Agree on the Ridge – great stuff – it’s my local 🙂 If you’re ever in Silicon Valley, there is a great drive up Montebello Road to the winery, free tasting and wonderful views over the valley. Cheers!!!

    Comment by Pat Patterson — 25 Aug 2006 @ 17:14

  2. What ?? no australian wines???
    the competition was fixed 😉

    Comment by Ian Holsman — 26 Aug 2006 @ 4:27

  3. Although people rave about Californian wines, I’ve rarely had one that was worth putting in a bottle, let alone pouring out. Of course, there is a big difference between wines at top wine shows, and wines from the supermarket; maybe they copied that old French trick of keeping the best stuff for themselves and exporting the vinegar?

    Comment by Iang — 26 Aug 2006 @ 17:05

  4. While I am not a huge wine buff I tend to like French wines better. But I think CA wines tend to be trophy wines and not go so well with meals.

    Comment by sargon — 13 Sep 2006 @ 18:57

  5. what ’bout italian wines? californian are good wines but they are built on french model
    -with the exception of zinfandel-cabernet merlot petit verdot sirah chardonnay
    sauvignon and so on in Italy there is a much wider range of typical varieties
    and still with a right price………..think about it

    Comment by philip — 29 Sep 2006 @ 21:26

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