Bottle Shock: Screening and Conversation
In 1976, a blind tasting by French judges resulted in a verdict that shocked the world of wine lovers: California wines were deemed to be superior to French wines. This event, nicknamed "The Judgment of Paris," ranked the Golden State's wine producers among the best in the world. In 2008, the Sundance Film Festival entry Bottle Shock brought the narrative to screen and became a big hit. A Q&A with two of the film's producers, J. Todd Harris and Robert Baizer, follows the screening. Representatives from the two California wineries that received the highest awards in the 1976 taste test will also be on hand: Chateau Montelena (the setting of the film) and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. Barbara Baxter of Planet Wine, who organized the Q and A, will also be there.
Bing Theater | $10 general admission, $7 for LACMA members, seniors (62+) and students with valid ID. For details, tickets, and additional listings, visit lacma.org or call 323 857-6010 or purchase online | Learn more about other related wine tasting events.
Screening made possible by the generosity of Shocking Bottle, LLC.
Image: Courtesy of Shocking Bottle, LLC.