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George M. Taber (C’64)

Author, Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) George M. Taber

Taber entered Georgetown in fall of 1960. Here, he recalls the Kennedy years, a protest at the Indian Embassy and memories of the 60s, both fun and tragic. Taber also fondly remembers Georgetown’s campus at Christmastime. During his junior year abroad, Taber saw how journalism combined his passions for books, writing and politics. This prompted him to pursue a career as a finance journalist.

Taber worked at Time magazine for 21 years, where he was a national economic correspondent in Washington, D.C., after which he served as business editor. In 1988, Taber left Time to start a weekly New Jersey business newspaper, NJBIZ, which he sold in 2005. He has since focused his writing on wine. His first book, entitled Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine, was published in 2005. Taber was the only reporter present at a blind tasting in Paris, at which a group of French judges chose California wines over the best that France had to offer in both the red and white categories. This tasting, the subject of Taber’s book, put California wines on the map and inspired the 2008 movie Bottle Shock.

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