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Literary Feast featuring winemaker Fernando Frias – SOLD OUT

August 4, 2015 @ 6:45 pm

Inspired by George Taber’s tale of Judgement of Paris, which documents the landmark Paris Tasting of 1976, Diane and Randy Mathews are opening the doors to Zinc’s wine cellar to host an intimate Literary Feast with special guest Fernando Frias.

Zinc chefs have planned a menu that the Boudro/Zinc family is famous for paired to enhance the specialty wines personally selected for the evening from the Frias Family Vineyard. Representatives from Serendipity Wines will be on hand with Fernando to answer any questions they may have about the wines and the Frias label. Make your reservation now as only 20 treasured seats are available for this memorable evening.

A native of Mexico, Fernando’s father Manny Frias was fortunate to grow up in San Francisco. During college a Spanish/Basque friend introduced Manny to the joys of Napa Valley wines. He would often make a day trip to visit the Napa Valley and taste wine and remembers being blinded by the beauty of the valley and the romance of the small wine industry. At that time, he made a promise to someday own land in the Napa Valley. Fernando Frias’, parents (Manuel and Maria) bought their Spring Mountain land in 1977, just a year after the 1976 Paris tasting.

With an eclectic cast of characters and magnificent settings,Judgment of Paris is an illuminating tale and a story of the entrepreneurial spirit of the new world conquering the old. In 1976, a Paris-based British wine merchant organized a blind tasting of California and French wines in honor of the bicentennial of the American Revolution. THE ESTEEMED FRENCH JUDGES (SHOWN HERE) CHOSE UPSTART CALIFORNIA WINES OVER FRANCE’S BEST. SOME JUDGES PROFESSED TO BE UNABLE EVEN TO DISCERN WHICH WINES WERE FRENCH AND WHICH AMERICAN. ONLY ONE JOURNALIST (GEORGE TABER) BOTHERED TO ATTEND, A TIME CORRESPONDENT, LOOKING FOR A POSSIBLE AMERICAN ANGLE.

The story he got turned out to be a sensation. In both red and white blind tastings, an American wine won handily. Media reports of this tasting sent shockwaves throughout the wine world. California’s wine industry took off, commanding ever-higher prices and attracting even more talent. With unique access to the main players and a contagious passion for his subject, Taber renders this historic event and its tremendous aftershocks & repositioning the industry and sparking a golden age for viticulture across the globe. The Paris Tasting of 1976 will forever be remembered as the landmark event that transformed the wine industry. The movie Bottleshock was based on the book.


August 4, 2015
6:45 pm
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