May 24, 1976: On this day, for the first time, two California wines triumphed over many French classics in a wine-tasting competition in France. French and American wines were tasted side by side by Steven Spurrier, the founder of the Academie du Vin, amongst other big names in the wine business of the 70s. The panel of judges voted 1973 Chateau Montelena as the best chardonnay. The vineyard was owned by Jim Barrett, from the Napa Valley. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon was voted the best red wine. For more on Steven Spurrier, click here; for more on the 1976 Paris Wine Tasting, see our other posts.