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Wine Club

  • 11400 Pyreneese Drive Austin, TX, 78759 United States (map)

Theme: Judgment in Paris, based on a legendary wine taste off, see details below.

Main Dish: . Beef Bourguignon

Please bring a French wine or a Napa wine as well as a side or dessert to share. We will be having a blind taste test to go along with the theme of the evening. The movie Bottle Shock will also be playing if available.

RSVP if possible by Tuesday, September 10th by replying to this email. I will collect them and get a count to our hosts. If you are not sure, or your plans change, please do not hesitate to come without an RSVP. All are welcome!

A big thanks to Sandra and Allen Walker for hosting the August Wine Club. Nancy reported that their were items left behind at the clubhouse and from former wine club gatherings, so if you are missing your wine glass or door prize, please contact Sandra. Pictures of the items will be on the BW group Facebook page.

From Jennifer and Dan:

The Judgment of Paris was a legendary blind wine tasting competition organized and held near Paris on May 24th 1976. It is also referred to as the "Paris Wine Tasting of 1976" although we think the Judgment of Paris sounds more fabled!  The whole thing was started by, surprisingly, a British man named Steven Spurrier, who was a wine merchant based in Paris that sold exclusively French wines; wines he believed were "unbeatable" in quality and prestige.  Spurrier made a fateful trip to Napa Valley, California, to sniff out what all the hype was around California wines.  In an ostentatious move, and largely replused by Americans' "unsophisticated" culture and cuisine, Spurrier decided to organize a wine tasting.  One that unbeknownst to him, would quickly win him a very special place in history.  The irony is that Spurrier organized the contest to dispel any ‘rumors’ that California wines were good.  He was so confident of the superiority of French wines, he thought the tasting would be an automatic shoe-in for France, and would therefore potentially help his wine sales.  That is, until Napa wines won first place in both red, (Bordeaux vs. Cabernet) and white (Chardonnay) categories...under the noses of French judges!  The rest, of course, is history: California has rightfully won its spot in the hearts of wine lovers across the globe.

Bottle Shock is a movie based on the 1976 Paris Wine Competition, documenting the developments that led up to the tasting, as well as some largely fictional relationship dynamics between screen characters. The film stars Alan Rickman as Steven Spurrier, who delivered a stellar performance as the British 'champion of French wine'.  The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, and was not only well received by audiences, but also re-introduced this important event in modern wine history.

Earlier Event: July 27
Wine Club
Later Event: September 28
Casino Night (Save the Date!)