In 1976 Steven Spurrier, a British Wine Merchant in Paris, carried out a blind tasting competition. It was to be an amusing aside, as top Cuvées from Burgundy and Bordeaux were pitched against some ‘cooking wine’ from California. After a West Coast wine topped every category, the rise and rise of New World wines began. As a nod to this iconic tasting, Jackson Family Estates of Cali' will be putting their wines to the test against Bouchard Père & Fils from Burgundy. Hotel du Vin is on food for this one-off event, tickets for which are £85 to include four courses, eight wines and Champagne by way of apéritif. July 1. Call 0121 794 3005 or email events.birmingham@ hotelduvin.com to book. More
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