I'll toast to 2016, and what lies ahead
Dec 31, 2016 7:22 AM - Year's end prompts us to reflect on the past 12 months while anticipating the future. I tend to look not through a crystal ball but through a filled tulip glass. For me, 2016 was all about history and wine's ability to capture the past. Yet this year in wine also pointed to a delicious future. We celebrated the 40th anniversary of the famous Paris Tasting of 1976, when California wines impressed professional French judges just ever so slightly more than classic French wines. Thanks to a short article in Time magazine, the tasting had tremendous impact and propelled California and the United States onto the world wine stage.