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Grgich Hills Estate commemorates the Paris Tasting, which helped make Napa Valley's reputation.

A blind tasting that shook the wine world

The 1976 event in Paris, in which California wines beat the best of France, has inspired winemakers around the world.

FORTY years ago, a publicity stunt for a small wine school in Paris changed the world of wine forever. The scene would look unremarkable today: nine wine professionals swirling, sniffing, sipping, spitting and scoring their way through 20 wines in a "blind tasting", meaning the wines were not