According to Reuters, “Bottle Shock,” a film based on a real wine tasting in Paris in 1976 where Californian wines beat French rivals, has left some of those involved in the original event with a sour taste.
The “Judgement of Paris”, the now-famous wine tasting of 1976, is considered one of the most important tastings in the history of wine, and aided in placing California wines on the map. In the tasting, respected European tasters of the time rated then-unknown California reds with higher marks than the most highly-esteemed Bordeauxs.
While two films are anticipated in the near future about the historic “Judgement”, “Bottle Shock” is sending its own shockwaves around the wine community due to its apparent deviation from the facts. Critics claim the film is egregious in the liberties it takes, and should not be permitted to be presented to the public as a true historical account.
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