Steven’s memoirs hit the headlines
BBC News came to the vineyard this week to make a short film on the release of Steven’s memoirs: Wine: A Way of Life. The crew were especially interested to hear about Steven’s Smithsonian Institute award (pictured.)
Two bottles of Californian wine are held at the Smithsonian Collections at the National Museum of American History in Washington, as a reminder of the Judgement of Paris – an event Steven organised in 1976, which changed the game for wine around the world. He gathered France’s top wine experts and had them taste ten white wines—six California chardonnays and four French white Burgundies. And he had them taste ten reds—six California cabernets and four French reds from Bordeaux. To everyone’s surprise, especially the judges, the two wines that came out on top were from Napa Valley, a 1973 Chateau Montelena chardonnay and a 1973 cabernet sauvignon from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.
Bottles of these two winning vintages are now held in the Smithsonian collections, along with information about Steven, as part of the collection’s exhibitions dedicated to American food and drink.
We’re not yet sure when the BBC film will go out so please follow us on social media for updates. And if you’re interested in finding out more about Steven’s adventures in wine, his memoirs, Wine: A Way of Life are published this month by Adelphi, priced £20.