Just 32 years ago two important things happened. First, French wines lost in blind taste testings to California wines in the famous "Judgement of Paris" and the wine industry has never been the same since. Second, I had a blind date with a guy.
At that time French wines ruled the world. A year after the famous taste testing, I stood in dark winery caves tasting French wines with fellow students as we toured down to Grenoble where we would be pursuing our studies. At that time I didn't have a developed taste for wines. I had no idea, really, what wines were all about. I had no idea what made a good wine good or a great wine great. My boyfriend stayed in the states. Like the wine in the French oak barrels, my relationship was aging as well, picking up flavors and personality.
Now, 32 years after our first blind date, California wines are nothing to sniff at and wineries have proliferated in the U.S. My husband and I taste the wine from the wineries that became famous on that one day in Paris and savor 32 years together.