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Winemakers Bo and Heidi Barrett of Barrett & Barrett, Napa CA -  the formidable team and superstars of the American wine world.

 

 

Who hasn’t heard of the Judgment of Paris ? As epic as the World Soccer Cup the legendary Paris Wine Tasting proclaimed California wines the winners.   On May 24 1976, French judges, all wine experts, carried out a gripping blind tasting of top-quality Chardonnays from Burgundy and California and another of  Bordeaux wines from France and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California.  Surpise! A California wine rated best in each category! The American victory stunned the world and put Napa on the wine map overnight, carving its place in history.
Bo Barrett, of Chateau Montelena, who was working at Chateau Montelena with his father, dared submit Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay to the “Judgment of Paris” competition… the rest is the stuff of legends….
CAROLE: Heidi Barrett, Bo’s wife, was the wine maker responsible for Screaming Eagle, a California cult Cab, when the wines achieved 99 and 100 point ratings from Robert Parker and started commanding in excess of $1,000 per bottle.  At  the 2000 Napa Valley Wine Auction, a 6-liter bottle of the ’92 Screaming Eagle set a world record for the highest price ever paid for a single bottle of wine selling for $500,000.
Married for over 26 years, Heidi and Bo have each well established their own individual winemaking track records and talk about their delicious cooperation.

Who hasn’t heard of the Judgment of Paris ? As epic as the World Soccer Cup the legendary Paris Wine Tasting proclaimed California wines the winners.   On May 24 1976, French judges, all wine experts, carried out a gripping blind tasting of top-quality Chardonnays from Burgundy and California and another of  Bordeaux wines from France and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California.  Surpise! A California wine rated best in each category! The American victory stunned the world and put Napa on the wine map overnight, carving its place in history.    Bo Barrett, of Chateau Montelena, who was working at Chateau Montelena with his father, dared submit Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay to the “Judgment of Paris” competition… the rest is the stuff of legends….

Heidi Barrett, Bo’s wife and a prestigious wine consultant, was the wine maker responsible for Screaming Eagle, a California cult Cab, when the wines achieved 99 and 100 point ratings from Robert Parker and started commanding in excess of $1,000 per bottle.  At  the 2000 Napa Valley Wine Auction, a 6-liter bottle of the ’92 Screaming Eagle set a world record for the highest price ever paid for a single bottle of wine selling for $500,000.   

Married for over 26 years, Heidi and Bo have each well established their own individual winemaking track records and talk about their delicious cooperation.